Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his recent ruling regarding the legality of civil service employees "merely attending" political rallies.

The AG tells KEEL listeners that, in his opinion, some of the groups telling first-responders and other that their presence at rallies was illegal could go as far as to border on intimidation and voter suppression.

Background on the story from ktbs.com:

"The 'mere attendance' of civil service employees at a political rally is not prohibited activity under state law, state Attorney General Jeff Landry said Tuesday.

The opinion appears to clear the way for police and fire personnel to attend President Donald Trump’s rally at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Bossier City. Those employees, however, must obtain leave from their supervisors if the event is scheduled during their normal working hours.

In his opinion, Landry points out the prohibitions in the state Constitution related to fire and police civil service employees and political activity. But using the information provided by (State Rep. Alan) Seabaugh, including that there is no cost involved and tickets are free, the attorney general said none of that applies to Thursday's Donald Trump rally."