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.

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Countdown…
Days until session ends: 35
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 170
Days until the runoff (as needed): 199

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor did not have out-of-state events slated for today.

The News

Taxes: It’s game time. Members of the Louisiana House on Thursday will provide the first measure of the Legislature’s willingness to raise up to $900 million in taxes that legislative leaders say is needed to prevent gutting the state’s colleges and universities and public health care system next year. http://bit.ly/1IiposQ

Guns: Mandatory was stripped from the NRA-backed Eddie Eagle bill: http://bit.ly/1JsBmx2

Pot sentencing: Amid a broader debate about Louisiana’s strict marijuana laws, a House legal committee Wednesday approved a bill that would cut the 20-year maximum sentence for simple marijuana possession down to eight years. http://bit.ly/1JsBr3N

Kip Holden: Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden and film leaders chided lawmakers on Wednesday morning for considering legislation that would reduce the size of Louisiana’s tax credits for film and television, a program crucial to the state earning the nickname “Hollywood South.” http://bit.ly/1EZexkW

Public records: Legislation that would expand public access to records of the Governor’s Office hit a key milestone this week. http://bit.ly/1IQaIAi

Abortion: Though there’s no clear evidence that it’s a problem, the Louisiana Legislature could soon ban abortion based on gender preferences. http://bit.ly/1IQaQ2L

Medicaid expansion: Another Medicaid expansion effort died Wednesday at the hands of a state Senate panel. Voting largely along party lines, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-3 to defer action on a measure calling for a statewide vote on the issue. http://bit.ly/1IQaXvc

Calendar

  • Gov. Jay Dardenne, candidate for governor, continues his tour across the state with more stops to mark National Tourism Week.

House Committees

  • Financemeets at 2 p.m.
  • Educationmeets at Upon Adjournment
  • Labor and Industrial Relationsmeets at Upon Adjournment
  • Local and Municipal Affairsmeets at Upon Adjournment
  • Transportation, Highways and Public Worksmeets at Upon Adjournment

The House comes in at 10 a.m., and the Senate comes in at 9 a.m.

House Order of the Day: http://bit.ly/LAHouseOrder
Senate Daily Digest: http://bit.ly/LASenateDigest

Watch the House online: http://bit.ly/LAHouseChamber
Watch the Senate online: http://bit.ly/LASenateChamber

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