Today in The Rundown: The budget shortfall has shrunk somewhat but the budget picture remains fuzzy; Lawmakers consider electronic driver’s licenses; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 41

The News

Budget crunch: The estimated shortfall has shrunk to about $600 million — down from the $750 million most recently cited.

Driver’s Licenses: Louisiana’s considering legislation that would make it the first state to offer digital driver’s licenses via mobile app.

Transportation: Congressman Garrett Graves says Baton Rouge has the “worst traffic in the nation,” and CATS a “disaster.”

Retirement: The Legislature is considering cost of living adjustments for state retirees.

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.

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.

ICYMI: The Legislature is considering state-wide laws to regulate the use of police-worn body cameras, following national trends. 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.

House Committees

  • 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.

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