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La. high court returns virus rules dispute to lower court

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The Louisiana Supreme Court has sent a legal feud between Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republicans over coronavirus restrictions back to district court.

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 8:52 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has sent a legal feud between Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republicans over coronavirus restrictions back to district court. The high court said Monday the judge ruled too quickly that the state law the GOP used to try to nullify the restrictions was unconstitutional. The justices wrote that Baton Rouge Judge William Morvant should have held a full hearing on other issues raised in the lawsuit over the Democratic governor’s mask mandate and business restrictions. The Supreme Court's decision was a technical one that didn’t weigh in on the merits of the lawsuit. Instead, it requires Morvant to hold another hearing in the case.

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