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The Latest: Commissioner disagrees, but will abide by order

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on federal judge's blocking enforcement of a law aimed at setting a minimum age for exotic dancers in Louisiana (all times local):

5 p.m.

A spokesman for Louisiana's alcohol commissioner says she'll comply with a federal court order forbidding enforcement of a state law that seeks to establish a minimum age of 21 for exotic dancers.

Friday's statement from the chief of staff for Juana Lombard says she does not believe the law is unconstitutionally overbroad or vague - as lawyers for three exotic dancers claim in their lawsuit.

But, the emailed statement says she will comply with the order by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bih-aye). And she will work with those affected by the law until a final court resolution is reached.

Barbier's 41-page ruling says the women who filed suit have made a strong case that the law is unconstitutionally vague and overly broad.

11:30 a.m.

A federal judge in New Orleans has again blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law aimed at establishing a minimum age of 21 for exotic dancers.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bih-aye) said in Wednesday's 41-page ruling that three dancers who challenged the new law will likely win their case after making a strong case that it is unconstitutional.

Barbier had temporarily blocked enforcement soon after the women filed suit last fall. Wednesday's preliminary injunction is stronger, blocking enforcement until the case goes to trial or Barbier makes a final determination on its constitutionality.

Barbier said the three women - ages 18, 19 and 20 when the suit was filed - will likely win on the grounds that the law is unconstitutionally vague and overly broad.

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