Supporters of a legislative petition that would overturn the Governor’s stay at home order say they have over half of the signatures needed for passage. Oil City Representative Danny McCormick says the petition is popular with his constituents.
Edwards recently extended the stay at home order to May 15th.
Petition supporters appear to be are all Republicans but not everyone in the GOP is on board. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Freiburg supports the Governor’s decision.
Louisiana reports 60 new COVID fatalities today. But continues the decline in total hospitalizations. 341 new positive tests were reported as well putting the total above 28,000.
Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran says the parents of Pastor Tony Spell have launched a harassment campaign at the department aimed at getting their son out of house arrest. Spell was arrested last week for allegedly trying to run over a protestor, and for holding multiple services in violation of the stay at home order. Spell says they can’t transition to social media services like most other religious organizations have, but Corcoran says this campaign disproves that claim.
Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging Governor Edwards to allow the reopening of churches. Landry says the timing is right for the move as Louisiana appears to be beyond the peak of new cases.