Today in The Rundown: The budget shortfall has shrunk somewhat but the budget picture remains fuzzy; Lawmakers consider electronic driver’s licenses; and more.
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 41
Budget crunch: The estimated shortfall has shrunk to about $600 million — down from the $750 million most recently cited. http://bit.ly/1T0TAJ9
Driver’s Licenses: Louisiana’s considering legislation that would make it the first state to offer digital driver’s licenses via mobile app. http://bit.ly/1qNXjD5
Transportation: Congressman Garrett Graves says Baton Rouge has the “worst traffic in the nation,” and CATS a “disaster.” http://bit.ly/1WmV3Pg
Retirement: The Legislature is considering cost of living adjustments for state retirees. http://bit.ly/1pzSBrK
Hunting: Louisiana could soon be the second state to allow hunters to wear neon pink as an alternative to the traditional hunter orange safety gear. http://bit.ly/1MUrW4j
First Lady: Donna Edwards is working on a book, plus more details about the First Family’s urban farming and recycling efforts at the Governor’s Mansion. http://bit.ly/1SoCLfb
ICYMI: The Legislature is considering state-wide laws to regulate the use of police-worn body cameras, following national trends. http://bit.ly/1ruO5Na One bill dealing with public records access to camera recordings comes up in a Senate committee today.
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Today at the Capitol
House convenes at 2 p.m., and the Senate comes in at 3 p.m.
- Appropriations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
- Ways and Means meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
- Transportation, Highways, and Public Works meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
- Civil Law and Procedure meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4.
- Commerce meets at 10 a.m. in Room 1.
- 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.
- Environmental Quality meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.