Edwards sues House GOP for trying to lift coronavirus rules

Louisiana

By MELINDA DESLATTE

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has filed a lawsuit challenging House Republicans’ efforts to rescind Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate, business restrictions and other limits the Democratic governor enacted to combat the coronavirus. The lawsuit filed Monday keeps the rules in a sort of legal limbo. House Republicans say they have nullified the entire public health emergency and the rules Edwards enacted. But Edwards’ administration continues to enforce the rules and argues the law used by GOP lawmakers to revoke his emergency orders is unconstitutional. House Republicans relied on a never-before-used process that allows a majority of legislators in either the House or Senate to sign a petition to revoke an emergency declaration.