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La. attorney general objects to anti-discrimination proposal

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Landry says an anti-discrimination proposal being considered by the state bar association to govern Louisiana's lawyers is overly broad and would violate the U.S. Constitution.

The proposed professional conduct rule would prohibit Louisiana lawyers from discrimination based on race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or disability. Lawyers can face disciplinary action if they violate conduct rules.

Landry's office issued the opinion in response to a request from Warren Montgomery, district attorney for Washington and St. Tammany parishes. An attorney general's opinion does not carry the force of law, but can lay the groundwork for a legal dispute.

The Louisiana State Bar Association hasn't taken action on the proposed conduct rule, which is based on an anti-discrimination "model rule" from the American Bar Association.

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