Lawsuit: Regulation illegally blocks business serving kids

Louisiana News

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans woman says in a federal lawsuit that she’s being denied the right to run a business providing care to special needs children.

The suit filed on behalf of Ursula Newell-Davis opposes the state requirement that she prove a need for the service through a “Facility Need Review.”

The suit was filed Tuesday on her behalf by the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Louisiana-based Pelican Institute.

In it, Newell-Davis says the state requirement is really an unconstitutional way of protecting the interests of existing care providers.

Defendants in the lawsuit are several state health officials. The state has not yet filed a response.

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