Today in The Rundown: Gov. Bobby Jindal’s heading to Disney World; SAVE tax credit faces more hurdles; Medicaid expansion framework moves forward; and more action from the Louisiana Legislature this week.
Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.
Days until session ends: 8
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 143
Days until the runoff (as needed): 171
Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor is slated to appear at an event at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. today. The event, sponsored by Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get To Work Political Action Committee, will feature several other possible presidential candidates. Read more: http://bit.ly/1SSdglR.
Budget crunch: Leaders of Louisiana’s public colleges and universities turned up the pressure Monday on getting a House legislative committee chairman to consider a measure that they say is necessary to prevent deep spending cuts to their institutions next year. But the fate of the convoluted tax credit scheme remains uncertain. http://bit.ly/1SSeFsp
Medicaid: The Louisiana Senate gave final approval Monday to a measure that would allow the next governor to expand Medicaid. http://bit.ly/1SSf7ah
Audit: State agencies are failing to meet reporting requirements involving $1 billion-plus in tax incentive programs they administer, the Legislative Auditor’s Office said Monday. http://bit.ly/1SSeVb1
Tax breaks: Louisiana House members this year have passed tax breaks for corporations, investors renovating historic property and even bakery owners. On Monday, they narrowly drew the line at giving a bigger tax break for the working poor. http://bit.ly/1SSf1PO
Guns: State senators balked Monday at temporarily suspending Louisiana’s annual sales tax holiday for gun purchases, a proposal aimed at helping close a hefty state budget shortfall. http://bit.ly/1SSemxM
St. George: If you signed the St. George petition and then later regretted your decision – there’s a form for that. http://bit.ly/1SSeiyd
Transportation: In a short-term fix, two bills that would pave the way for spending an extra $100 million per year on roads and bridges won approval Monday in the House Appropriations Committee. http://bit.ly/1SSerBx
Cars: A proposal to sharply raise fees on car buyers and generate $60 million in new revenue for the state each year is heading to the full Senate for consideration. http://bit.ly/1SSewp2
Southern U: Dolores R. Spikes, a former Southern University System president, passed away Monday. http://bit.ly/1LXGvOP
Domestic violence: A heavily rewritten bill aimed at protecting domestic violence victims from housing discrimination cleared a House committee Monday. http://bit.ly/1SSf7He
College admissions: The state Board of Regents has again delayed action on a proposal to alter state minimum admissions for four-year universities. http://bit.ly/1SSeQ71
- 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 after Joint Governmental Affairs
- Environmental Quality meets at 9 a.m. in Room F
- Judiciary A meets at 9 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room
- Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room C
- Judiciary B meets at 10 a.m. in Room E
- Judiciary C meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room F
- Health and Welfare meets at 11 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room
- Finance meets Upon Adjournment in Room A-B
- Joint Governmental Affairs meets at 10 a.m. in Room 3
House comes in at 1 p.m.; Senate comes in at 2 p.m.