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LSU hospital closure ruled unconstitutional

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge says lawmakers didn't follow the Louisiana Constitution in authorizing Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville.

But the decision doesn't require the Jindal administration to slow plans to shutter the Huey P. Long Medical Center within a week.

Judge Robert Downing ruled Monday that the Senate violated the open meetings law when the legislation was heard by its health care committee. He granted a preliminary injunction request sought by two hospital closure opponents.

However, Downing also suspended that judgment - effectively allowing the hospital closure plans to continue - pending an appeal of his decision, which heads directly to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The Senate intends to appeal.

Downing, a retired judge, was presiding over the case for Judge Kay Bates.

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6/23/2014 2:52:15 PM (GMT -5:00)
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