Today in The Rundown: Louisiana looks to expand hate crimes protections for police and firefighters; Lawmakers recognize “Pro-Life Day” with anti-abortion bills; TOPS and medical marijuana bills move ahead; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 46

The News

Hate crimes: Inspired by “Blue Lives Matter” movement, bill advancing through the House would include police, firefighters as protected class in state hate crime laws. http://bit.ly/1WGK4Rj

Abortion: A state House panel advanced several anti-abortion rights bills on Wednesday, which the chamber dubbed “Pro-Life Day.” http://bit.ly/1ScoEtd

TOPS: Legislation to alter the popular state scholarship program keeps moving through the Capitol. http://bit.ly/1SU2msj

‘Ban the Box': A bill intended to give ex-convicts second chance at employment is advancing in the House. http://bit.ly/1ScoBh3

Sex ed: A controversial sex survey bill for Louisiana high school students has cleared its first legislative hurdle. http://bit.ly/23KMjZ0

Medical Marijuana: After failing to pass muster by just one vote, the bill to expand conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana made it through the Senate (coincidentally, on 4/20). http://bit.ly/1YI5rQB

Helmets: After Gov. Edwards threatened to veto, the House rejected a bill that would make helmets optional for most motorcycle riders. http://bit.ly/1YI5o7o

NOLA: The Louisiana Senate has advanced legislation that would return New Orleans schools to local control. http://bit.ly/26g3GQr

Water quality: The Louisiana Legislature is considering a bill that would give the state more authority to take over the troubled St. Joseph water system. http://bit.ly/242NGPJ

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

House convenes at 1 p.m., and the Senate comes in at 9 a.m.

House Committees

  • Judiciary meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Retirement meets at 9 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Education meets upon adjournment in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Natural Resources meets upon adjournment in Room A-B.
  • Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets upon adjournment in Room E.
  • State Bond Commission meets at 8:00 am Room A-B.
  • 12:15 p.m. National Bond Summit at Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans.
  • 3 p.m. Press Conference at Louisiana Workforce Commission Business and Career Solutions Center in Hammond.

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