General Landry Joins Texas, 9 Other States in Suit Against Obama Transgender Mandate
BATON ROUGE, LA - Continuing his efforts to protect Louisiana’s students from federal overreach and ill-conceived policies contrived by the Obama Administration, Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined Texas and nine other states in a lawsuit to prevent implementation of the transgender mandate upon educational institutions.
"For too long, the Federal government has directed education policy to the detriment of Louisiana’s students," said Attorney General Jeff Landry. "I will not allow Washington to wreak further havoc on our schools."
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court opposes the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies and officials issuing directives that require Louisiana public schools open up all intimate areas (restrooms, locker rooms, etc.) to both sexes.
"The recent Obama directive regarding transgendered students puts the safety and security of all our children in jeopardy and will cost the State of Louisiana hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance cost," continued Attorney General Jeff Landry. "Today's action is in the best interests of our State and its people."
"I stand with the parents, teachers, and medical experts who agree that policies, such as this coercive Obama Administration directive, are detrimental to the very children this directive is intended to help," said Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Also today, Attorney General Jeff Landry's Office issued an opinion concerning Executive Order No. JBE 16-011 of Governor John Bel Edwards - which directs state entities and contractors to adopt policies that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
In part, the opinion declares Governor John Bel Edwards Order has no binding legal effect to the extent it purports to create or expand the law: "JBE 2016-011 goes beyond merely filling in the enforcement gaps surrounded and defined by statutory legislation and exceed statutory authority by attempting to create new legislation in violation of the separation of powers. The Governor's constitutionally valid function is to see that the laws are faithfully executed and enforced, not to make any of the laws, which, constitutionally is the legislative power and function."
Opinion 16-0078 may be found in full at http://www.agjefflandry.com/Shared/ViewDoc.aspx?Type=4&Doc=21039.