Red River Waterway Commission dispute continues

NATCHITOCHES, La. (KSLA) - An ongoing dispute between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry is going to court in Natchitoches.

Photo Courtesy: Marie Constantin / MGN Online / Louisiana Office of the Attorney General

In September, Landry filed a lawsuit over an appointment Edwards made to the Red River Waterway Commission. Landry claims that the appointment of Michael DeVille of Rapides Parish to the Commission was unlawful.

Carolyn Prator, the wife of Caddo Parish Steve Prator, was unanimously voted by the Caddo Levee Board to replace the seat of Mickey Prestidge following his death.

The lawsuit also wishes to stop the Commission from recognizing Ronald Lattier as the Caddo Parish member.

Lawyers presented three arguments in court on Thursday. Questions of if Prator was a proper party to be a plaintiff, if the Red River Waterway Commission should not be in the lawsuit and if Gov. Edwards should be in the lawsuit.

The lawyers for the Commission, DeVille and Lattier have 30 days to respond. Landry's attorney will have three weeks to respond to their letters. Following this, the first three lawyers will then be given two weeks to reply.

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