Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has blocked at least 37 state government legal contracts because they include language meant to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace, according to state documents and interviews with state officials.Through the lobbying efforts of Actual Governor Edwards, New Orleans was recently awarded the right to host the 2017 NBA All Star Game originally set to be held in Charlotte. The game had to be moved in protest of the State of North Carolina's official intolerance toward LGBT persons. Is Governor Landry trying to undo Governor Edwards's work now? Sure looks like it.
The contracts affect legal issues surrounding the state's ports, potential medical malpractice awards for patients and oversight of state bonds, among others, according to a review of documents and interviews with the agencies involved.
The Louisiana Division of Administration -- part of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration -- said it has tracked at least 26 contracts with private lawyers for a variety of services that Landry rejected because of the nondiscrimination clause. The Department of Insurance -- which is run by Republican Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon -- submitted 11 legal contracts the attorney general has also blocked because of the nondiscrimination language.
Meanwhile, Landry was in Washington D.C. this week. Here's what he's up to there.
Attorney General Jeff Landry took his crusade against New Orleans' so-called "sanctuary city" policing policy to Capitol Hill Tuesday (Sept. 27), accusing Mayor Mitch Landrieu of turning the metropolitan area into a "magnet" for undocumented immigrants.Why does Governor Landry hate New Orleans so much? And what can we do to make him leave us alone? Maybe we should build some kind of wall.
"Sanctuary policies not only jeopardize the ability to protect our citizens, but they also allow illegals to commit crimes then roam free in our communities," Landry, a former Republican congressman, told a GOP-led House committee on border security.
Landrieu, a Democrat, dismissed Landry's reproach as a political stunt.
"This waste of public time and money by Attorney General Landry to put on a political show in Washington, D.C. is shameful," Landrieu communications director Tyronne Walker said in a statement. "While Landry was grandstanding this morning, the NOPD was hard at work keeping our streets safe and ensuring our police department advances non-discriminatory policing."