The Louisiana disability laws that came before the Supreme to combat the scourge of back pain were all struck down in 2014 by a panel of three justices who wrote in a 6-3 ruling that the state could not be considered a “license to discriminate” against those with physical disabilities.
Louisiana, which has some of the most stringent disability laws in the country, is now under a federal civil rights investigation for failing to comply with a 2014 federal court order that required it to comply.
The ruling in question was issued by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and is the latest to cast a shadow over Louisiana’s disability laws, which critics say are overly broad and violate federal law.
The state’s law, signed by Gov.
John Bel Edwards in 2015, was designed to combat chronic pain, particularly migraines, back pain, paralysis and chronic fatigue syndrome.
It was intended to provide medical care for people who were unable to obtain that care through traditional providers, such as doctors or hospitals.
It required those with disabilities to have the same access to health care as other people, including public and private insurers, but exempted those with mental illness.
But it also included exceptions for the disabled that included people with dementia, autism and chronic pain.
The case was a test case for whether the disability laws could be deemed a license to discriminate against those who were medically unable to receive care.
If they could, they were supposed to be subject to the federal law’s protections for the mentally ill.
If not, they could be subject.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear the case, but the high court’s decision to uphold the state’s laws on the merits, even though they were struck down by a three-judge panel, left intact the law.
“Today’s decision is a victory for our law, our constitution and for all those who suffer from chronic pain,” said Louisiana Gov.
Bob Hagan in a statement.
“This is a win for all of us.”
The state will continue to fight for the law to remain in place.
The law was struck down as discriminatory by a U.N. panel in October 2014, and in November of that year, the U