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Petition filed to stop new age law from taking effect

Petition filed to stop new age law from taking effect

Louisiana justices of the peace and constables over age 70 may be able to run for office after all if a judge approves a petition for an injunction against a new law before Wednesday.

The law, sponsored by state Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, removed a grandfather clause from a 2008 bill that placed an age cap of 70 on justice of the peace and constable seats. As it stands, no one over age 70 may run for these positions.

Connie Moore, St. Tammany’s Ward 3 justice of the peace and president of the Louisiana Justice of the Peace and Constables Association, said the association has obtained legal counsel to file a petition for an injunction to stop the law from taking effect.

According the Daily Comet, the petition should be filed by Monday and a judge should make a decision before qualifying time on Wednesday, Moore said.

Once the petition is filed, Moore said the association’s attorney will dispense information to justices of the peace and constables throughout the state. But, she cautioned that just because a petition is filed, that doesn’t mean a judge will approve it.