Today in The Rundown: TOPS changes head to the Governor; Edwards pushes Medicaid expansion and budget solutions; the bill that would increase the minimum wage in Louisiana is stuck in negotiations; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 34

The News

TOPS: A bill aimed at reining in the cost of TOPS is on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is expected to sign it.

JBE: Gov. Edwards had two appearances on Baton Rouge — one touting Medicaid expansion and another to talk about tax options.

Minimum wage: A push by Gov. Edwards to boost Louisiana’s minimum wage remains stalled in the Senate as the Democratic governor continues to try to win support for the bill.

Juvenile justice: The Louisiana Senate has overwhelmingly approved the “Raise the Age” bill that seeks to increase the age for which a juvenile can be tried as an adult.

Bobby Jindal: The former governor was a guest of The Washington Times at the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend.

Law enforcement: A proposal to allow criminal investigators with a court order to unlock homicide victims’ cellphones has gotten stuck in a House committee, after lawmakers split on the idea.

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature:

Today at the Capitol

House and Senate convene at 2 p.m.

House Committees

  • Education meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Insurance meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room C.
  • Judiciary A meets at 9:30 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Judiciary B meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room E.
  • Judiciary C meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room F.
  • 9 a.m. Louisiana Nursing Home Association Conference at Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza (closed to press).
  • 3 p.m. Northern Exposure Legislative Forum at Capitol Park Museum.

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