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