Today in The Rundown: A weird day at the Legislature covers witches bones, dead pets and strippers; LSU tries to tame tailgating; TOPS may be underfunded; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 61

The News

TOPS: Students may not know if they are getting TOPS before the semester starts. http://bit.ly/23eAGWE

Budget: Another credit agency has downgraded Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1qsOlLF

Strippers: Lawmakers want to enforce a 21+ law for strippers. http://bit.ly/1S0hg67

LSU: The state’s largest university wants to rein in tailgating — no more drinking games, no more TVs, no more kegs. http://bit.ly/1RWKLCD

Budget Crunch: The head of the Department of Corrections says looming cuts could be dangerous for Louisiana residents. http://bit.ly/1S0Zhwb

Human Remains: State lawmakers eye stiffer penalties for trafficking human remains after raid of witch’s New Orleans home uncovers bones, teeth. http://bit.ly/1qsUszD

Real ID: Another bill giving travelers the option of meeting the federal security regulations advances. http://bit.ly/239f55v

Pet Cemetery: Legislation that would let owners have their pets burried with them didn’t pass committee muster this week. http://bit.ly/1SyGsuB

Road Safety: A bill that favors stiffer fines for seat belt violations in Louisiana is advancing. http://bit.ly/1UHn30G

Rallies: Advocates for people with developmental disabilities rallied at the Capitol with Gov. Edwards. http://bit.ly/1RXcqTS

Felons: Legislation that would put limits on felons seeking public office is moving. http://bit.ly/22b95Dt

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Happenings

House Committees

  • Education meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • House and Governmental Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room 2.
  • Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Insurance meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Natural Resources and Environment meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Resources meets at 1 p.m. in Room 6.

Senate Committees

  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room F.
  • Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room E.

Gov. Edwards’ Schedule

  • 8 a.m.: Champions for Change at Renaissance Hotel
  • 12:30 p.m.: Delta Sigma Theta Red & White Day at Belle of Baton Rouge

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