BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne wants a pro-Medicaid expansion group to stop using the state’s tourism marketing slogan in its billboard campaign.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/NZhzOE ) the new billboard funded by MoveOn members is on Interstate 10, outside of Baton Rouge.
The billboard states: “Louisiana! Pick your passion! But hope you don’t love your health. Gov. Jindal is denying Medicaid to 242,000 people.”
MoveOn Communications Director Nick Berning said the billboard is protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech.
“MoveOn will not back down in the face of baseless legal threats. If Republican officials don’t want to be criticized for keeping hundreds of thousands of Louisianians from accessing Medicaid, there’s a simple solution - they should stop preventing Louisianans from accessing Medicaid,” Berning said.
“They are free to put anything they want to say as long as they are not using a registered service mark,” said Dardenne.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com