(NOLA) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued an executive order capturing the intent — and much of the language — of religious freedom legislation that effectively died hours earlier on Tuesday (May 19) in a House committee, after legislators voted 10-2 not to advance the bill.
The order was issued Tuesday afternoon and goes into effect immediately, said Jindal at a meeting with reporters that evening. The order will be in place until 60 days after the end of the next legislative session. The next governor, however, can repeal it upon entering office in January, if he or she chooses.
The sponsor of the legislation, State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, who also attended the meeting in Jindal’s office, said the executive order reflects parts of an amended version of his bill.
“It’s a narrowly written bill,” Jindal said. “It should not sanction discrimination.”