Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards has unveiled his recommendations for addressing the fiscal cliff; State Rep. Chris Broadwater is leaving office early next year; a task force examining state sexual harassment policies has begun its work; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 83
Budget: Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging lawmakers to look to a year-old task force report to solve the looming $1 billion-plus fiscal cliff the state faces and is preparing to call a February special session. http://bit.ly/2D3htAw
LaLege: Hammond Rep. Chris Broadwater has announced plans to resign from the Legislature, prompting a special election to replace him in February. http://bit.ly/2AXviPu
Kennedy: A Trump judicial nominee has withdrawn his nomination after a viral video of Sen. John Kennedy grilling him prompted wide-spread ridicule. http://bit.ly/2Bxi5h8
Harassment: A task force charged with reviewing the state's varying policies on sexual harassment and discrimination in state government has started its work. http://bit.ly/2kijD7k
ICYMI: Gov. John Bel Edwards says there is no timeline for replacing his deputy chief of staff who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations but he does plan to fill the job opening. http://bit.ly/2AIkmt0
LSU: Graduation was last week and included one extra special diploma. http://bit.ly/2yUwz8d
Happening this week
- Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
- Gov. Edwards will be in Shreveport to make an announcement at 3:30 p.m. about a potential partnership between the state, Ochsner Health and Louisiana State University.
- Gov. Edwards will hold his year-end press conference.
And if you can find photos of the ground breaking, you will see Pres Alario— Chuck Kleckley (@ChuckKleckley) December 16, 2017
Thank you @Cbroadh2o for your reasonable approach to the #lalege. Thank you for spending time and guiding a freshman like me through the process. Most importantly, thank you for your service to the Great State of Louisiana. We know her best days are still to come. Gary— Rep. Gary Carter Jr. (@gm_carter) December 18, 2017
Sen. @ReginaBarrow has scheduled the meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children for January 12, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Senate Committee Room F at the State Capitol. We hope you can meet members of the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus there. #lalege— LLWC Foundation (@LLWCFoundation) December 18, 2017
Had a wonderful breakfast meeting, listening to the members of the New Orleans delegation from the state legislature. Looking forward to working with them all to accomplish great things for the people of our city. #lalege pic.twitter.com/aBNUjtpGiw— LaToya Cantrell (@LaToyaForNOLA) December 18, 2017