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Speaker of the House Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, gavels the House to order as the legislature convenes in special session to fix the budget deficit Monday Feb. 19, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.


Today in The Rundown: The state House returns after Monday's impasse; Congressman Steve Scalise gives his opinion on state government; another bad ranking for Louisiana; and everything else you need ot know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the special session must end: 7

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 12

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session ends: 90

The News

Special session: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise offers his thoughts on the State Legislature's special session and gridlock in the Capitol in Baton Rouge. Plus more updates on a rare off-day for lawmakers.

Dead last? The latest U.S. News and World Reports "Best States" ranking is out and it's not great news for Louisiana. But the Edwards adminsitration says not so fast...

Eco Devo: Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed a state-wide economic development summit in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Congress: Roll Call has ranked all of the members of Congress based on their wealth. See how Louisiana's delegation stacks up:

Wildlife: AG Jeff Landry isn't recommending prosecution of two former Wildlife and Fisheries workers who were accused of keeping state-owned equipment for personal use that was bought with oil spill recovery money.

ICYMI: A deep dive into insanity pleas in Louisiana.

City Hall: Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome hasn't given up hope of passing an infrastructure tax, and she and New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell hope to work together for regional goals.

Jefferson Parish: Sheriff Joe Lopinto has accused John Fortunato of flouting campaign finance rules by turning a recent food giveaway into a political rally at a Kenner charter school.

Happening this week


House convenes at 10 a.m., and the Senate comes in at 7:30 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses the Baton Rouge Rotary Club at noon at Drusilla Place in Baton Rouge.


House and Senate times TBA.

  • Senate Judiciary A meets at 9:30 a.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.

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