Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards talks the possibility of a constitutional convention; House moves to punish “sanctuary cities,” State workers may not get pay raises; and more.
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 32
Budget crunch: Gov. John Bel Edwards says he’s optimistic about the budget, but he wouldn’t rule out the possible need for a constitutional convention down the road. http://bit.ly/24rb10Q
Extras: God, chickens, daughters and light rail — Edwards took on a lot of topics at the Rotary meeting. Here are some extras: http://bit.ly/1SO0O7v
State workers: Gov. Edwards administration is seeking to suspend worker pay raises because of the budget crisis. http://bit.ly/1WauGxM (via AP)
Voter registration: A century-old Louisiana law is being challenged by civil rights groups who say it discriminates against foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens. http://bit.ly/1VKKKpj (via AP)
Sanctuary cities: The House agreed to a bill that would block cities that adopt immigration-related sanctuary policies from being able to borrow money through the state system. http://bit.ly/1NklvHN
Juvenile Justice: Despite recent complaints from a Jefferson Parish facility, the state’s juvenile justice boss says children at the center are safe. http://bit.ly/24sHsMC
Ban the Box: A bill that would ease job searches for felons is heading to the full Senate. http://bit.ly/1VKKJBO
Athletics: A legislator who says he was inspired by an article in The Advocate pushed — then dropped — a bill that would have cut back travel for most Louisiana college sports teams except LSU’s. http://bit.ly/1roo6X2
GOP 2016: Louisiana’s Republican Congressional delegation released a unified statement in support of Donald Trump. the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president. http://bit.ly/1SO3gLf
Prayer: The Senate signed off on legislation to back legislative sessions opening in prayer. http://bit.ly/1VKKHKc
Food Stamps: A bill that would have handed power over SNAP waivers from the governor to legislators was shot down in the Senate. http://bit.ly/1VKKI0N
MORE: 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.
- Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9 a.m. in Room 3.
- Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
- Retirement meets at 9 a.m. in Room 4.
- Judiciary meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.
- Labor and Industrial Relations meets at 10 a.m. in Room 5.
- Education meets upon adjournment in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Local and Municipal Affairs meets upon adjournment in Room F.
- Natural Resources meets upon adjournment in Room A-B.
- Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets upon adjournment in Room E.
- 9 a.m. Quebec National Assembly Representatives Meeting in Governor’s Office at the Capitol (not open to media).
- 2 p.m. Press Conference in the Governor’s Press Room at the Capitol.
- 6:30 p.m. Louisiana Public Broadcasting 2016 Legends Awards Gala and Auction at the Old State Capitol.