Governor Edwards calls a legislative petition aimed at ending his stay at home order and public health emergency “completely irresponsible and nonsensical”, but a petition proponent says they already have more than half the signatures they need to pass the veto-proof instrument. Oil City Representative Danny McCormick says the petition is popular with his constituents.
Senator John Kennedy says he’s not in favor of rubber-stamping federal legislation to help state and local level governments cover expenses without seeing some indication as to how much revenue is expected to be lost. Kennedy thinks some mayors and governors will see spending money that they don’t have as being the new normal.
The Central Police Department warns their phone lines are clogged with out of state callers protesting the house arrest of Life Tabernacle Church Pastor Tony Spell. The call to action was posted on a Facebook page claiming to be Magi Spell. Police Chief Roger Corcoran says it’s a dangerous stunt that could prevent people from reporting emergencies.
Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging Governor Edwards to allow the reopening of churches. Landry says there is becoming some social unrest and one of the first steps to helping that is to allow churches to reunite their congregations.
Edwards responded to the letter saying he’s not considering allowing churches to open before May 15th.