Today in The Rundown: The House GOP outlines what it wants in the special session; House budget-writers go above Edwards’ call for cuts; College students rally for funding; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the end of the special session: 13
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 18

Days until Louisiana’s presidential primary: 9
Early voting is underway. See GeauxVote.com for info.

The News

Budget battle: The House GOP has spelled out its priorities for a budget solution. http://bit.ly/1VFc19p

Budget crunch: House Appropriations approved a budget-cutting package that goes farther than Gov. John Bel Edwards had wanted. http://bit.ly/1Qz4Sms

K-12: The budget cuts include a proposed $44 million hit to funding for public schools. http://bit.ly/1oHH5uV

Higher Ed: Thousands of college students rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday in support of funding for higher ed. http://bit.ly/1S1wqqf

LA Lege: Freshman state Rep. Ronnie Edwards, a former Baton Rouge Metro Council member, has passed away after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. http://bit.ly/1p5Xrxp

Abortion: A federal court has ruled that Louisiana can enforce a 2014 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have local admitting privileges. http://bit.ly/1Qz55WX

PSC: Utility regulators have rejected the $5-billion sale of Cleco. http://bit.ly/1Qz4OTL

Jindal: Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newel Normand had a lot to say about former Gov. Bobby Jindal recently… http://bit.ly/1UmaRkD

Contracts: The House has advanced legislation that aims to rein in contracts. http://bit.ly/1RoM7Wa

Today at the Capitol

House convenes at 10 a.m. and the Senate comes in at 5 p.m.

House Committees

  • Ways and Means meets at 8 a.m. in Room 6
  • Appropriations meets at 10 a.m. In Room 5

Senate Committees

  • Finance meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room A-B
  • Natural Resources meets at 3 p.m. in Room E
  • Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. (recess at 12:00 P.M.) in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room

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