Today in The Rundown: Gov. Bobby Jindal isn’t a fan of the metric system; the St. George effort might get a hand from North Louisiana; the Louisiana Legislature scrambles to craft a budget; and more news about Louisiana politics.
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: 6
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 141
Days until the runoff (as needed): 169
Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor is traveling to Caddo and Bossier parishes today to meet with local officials, survey flooding response efforts and ensure that local officials have what they need to help combat the flood waters and protect communities.
GOP 2016: Gov. Bobby Jindal is not a fan of the metric system, or Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee: http://bit.ly/1ANDJv7
Budget Crunch: One week before the 2015 session ends, legislative leaders scrambled Thursday to find a way to balance next year’s state budget while raising enough new revenue to prevent deep cuts to higher education institutions and public health care, all without provoking a veto by Gov. Bobby Jindal. http://bit.ly/1ANDPCZ
St. George: The controversy over the proposed city of St. George has spilled into the Louisiana Legislature again, this time over wording quietly added to a bill by a Senate committee. http://bit.ly/1RNs3g7
Related: The anti-St. George group Better Together said Thursday it believes the Registrar of Voters Office was off by as many as 239 signatures in validating the initial 18,000 signatures submitted on a petition to create a new city. http://bit.ly/1RNrGCi
Education funding: In a surprise move, the Senate Education Committee on Thursday shelved a plan to boost state aid to public schools by nearly $85 million. http://bit.ly/1HMTXSg
K-12: A radically reduced bill that would ban some public school suspensions won final legislative approval Thursday. http://bit.ly/1ANH2Cv
Medical marijuana: The Legislature is sending a measure to Jindal that will pave the way for medical marijuana in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1ANGInr
Algiers: Legislation that would have let the Algiers neighborhood secede from New Orleans has been killed. http://bit.ly/1ANFXL7
Veterans: Louisiana colleges will soon be able to earn veterans-friendly designation. http://bit.ly/1ANGOv3
Public housing: Legislation is advancing that seeks to tweak the makeup of the the board that governs public housing in New Orleans. http://bit.ly/1ANGU5V
Hitching a ride: Legislation added to a bill dealing with the Central Louisiana State Hospital property in Rapides Parish would allow Theodore Judson Jemison Jr. to purchase some state property on Eddie Robinson Drive. http://bit.ly/1ANGVaf
Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. and upon adjournment.
The Senate comes in at 9:30 a.m. The House is gone until Sunday.