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The Louisiana House chamber is decorated for Christmas at the State Capitol. 

Advocate Photo by Elizabeth Crisp

Today in The Rundown: It's time for the annual Capitol Christmas party, and that means lots of meetings and activity in the Capitol! Today in Louisiana politics we have news on state budget negotiations and looming special session; the latest in the State Police investigation; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 88

The News

State Police: U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has urged state officials to seek back tax payments from Mike Edmonson, the former State Police superintendent, for the nine years during which Edmonson lived rent-free at the State Police compound in Baton Rouge. http://bit.ly/2AGOyV9

Budget: Anticipating a February special session, Gov. John Bel Edwards and state lawmakers are trying to come up with a plan to address the looming $1 billion-plus shortfall the state faces when temporary taxes expire in the summer. http://bit.ly/2BZ8rmH

Courts: In a ruling that could wreak financial havoc on the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, a federal judge has ruled that judges there have an inherent conflict of interest in determining whether defendants can pay the fines that pad the court’s budget. http://bit.ly/2Bnydo9

Saints: A season ticket-holder is suing the New Orleans NFL franchise over player protests during the National Anthem this seasion. http://bit.ly/2BaDFKm

Congress: Here's the latest on the GOP tax proposal and what's in store for taxpayers. http://bit.ly/2BmIq3U

K-12: Gov. John Bel Edwards is unlikely to recommend a hike in basic state aid for public schools, an aide to the governor has confirmed. http://bit.ly/2BmVmHc

DOTD: An overnight shooting that left windows broken at the Department of Transportation and Development headquarters building near the Governor's Mansion is under investigation. http://bit.ly/2AVzeB1

Military: Louisiana leaders are looking for ways to enhance how the state honors Gold Star families, the relatives of military members who have died in action. http://bit.ly/2CdzQlI

Building codes: A key new set of building standards has been approved after the governor withdrew his opposition that had delayed the codes from going into effect for six months. http://bit.ly/2AkZtje

LaCHIP: Gov. John Bel Edwards joined 11 other governors, representing both political parties, in calling on Congress to approve a critical children's health care program. http://bit.ly/2BcpmFk

Scalise: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise ran into TMZ at the airport and told the celebrity media outlet that he's itching to get back on the baseball field. http://bit.ly/2j2izU0

Happening this week

Today

  • Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of the Joint Budget meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • State Bond Commission meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • Ethics Review Committee on Campaign Finance of the Board of Ethics meets at 10 a.m. in Room F.
  • Litigation Subcommittee of Joint Budget meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room 3.
  • House Appropriations meets at 1 p.m. in Room 6.
  • Senate Finance meets at 1 p.m. in Room A-B.
  • Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 5.
  • Legislative Audit Advisory Council meets at 2:30 p.m. in Room A-B.
  • Revenue Estimating Conference meets at 2:30 p.m. in Room 6.
  • Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets at 3 p.m. in Room E.
  • Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 3:30 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.

Friday

  • Ad Hoc Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget Fri 12/15 10 a.m. in Room 6.

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