Today in The Rundown: What's up with the budget negotiations? A look at drugs and rivers and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics tosay.
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 41
Drug Cos.: Governments throughout Louisiana are joining a national stampede to file civil lawsuits alleging that drug companies have saddled taxpayers with huge medical and law enforcement costs by recklessly creating opioid addicts. http://bit.ly/2nqVZGG
Rivers: LSU has unveiled a new massive Mississippi River model
Voting: A national group of probation and parole officers has come to the aid of some Louisiana felons challenging a four-decade-old state law that prohibits felons on probation and parole from voting. http://bit.ly/2Fp7Dt6
Cartoon: What's the best caption for this LaLege budget cartoon? http://bit.ly/2FuljmD
Remember the Jindal SOTU response ... A lot of people do: http://cnn.it/2EnjckW
SoPol: Can Demos get wins in big Dem South? http://bit.ly/2FuljmD
Happening this week
- Felony Class System Task Force meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
- Joint Natural Resources meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room 5.
- TOPS Task Force meets at 9 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets at 10 a.m. in Room E.
- Medicaid Subcommittee of the Health and Social Services Estimating Conference meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
- House Education Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1.
It's that time of year again, when everyone recalls Bobby Jindal's widely-panned #SOTU response... But a sample: WaPo: https://t.co/Q9701MFravPolitico: https://t.co/nzIpHp4NpUCNN: https://t.co/Oko7DfLlBy #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) January 30, 2018
@AFPLouisiana Legislative Training is happening! @JohnKayJr is in the house dropping some knowledge & info on what AFP has planned for 2018 in Louisiana! #FreedomFighters #lalege pic.twitter.com/LuYZAyLZY5— Sarah Dake (@sarahndake) January 29, 2018
I'd like to thank to my collegues in #lalege #WaysAndMeans and #RevenueAndFiscalAffairs for electing me as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Capitol Outlay (JLCCO) for the remainder of this term.— JP Morrell (@JPMorrell) January 29, 2018
I guess my D.C. Mardi Gras weekend was a little more subdued than many of my friends but someone had to hold things down here in Louisiana. Ok #lalege members now let’s all get together and work hard for the state of Louisiana our citizens are counting on us! #wecanworktogether pic.twitter.com/rl6uYNnswE— Rick Ward (@RickWardLA) January 28, 2018
Yes, I think we owe it to our constituents to get this special session done now. This fiscal cliff is what we should have addressed last session, but we didn’t get it done. Governor, call us in. #lalege @LouisianaGov https://t.co/yRo3hWWnQT— Joe Marino III (@RepJoeMarino) January 28, 2018
Appreciate speaking to SPE-Evangeline in Lafayette about the importance of the Oil & Gas industry in our state’s economy & my vision for PUTTING THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY BACK TO WORK! #LaLege #lagov #LaEnergy pic.twitter.com/mdbMp4iyC2— Sharon Hewitt (@sharonhewitt) January 29, 2018