Today in The Rundown: The legislative session is underway; gaming is could be one of session's big issues; a statewide official facing sexual harassment claims has been MIA; and more news in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 83
Session: The Louisiana Legislature's 2018 regular session has begun. http://bit.ly/2IlzSLp
State of the State: Read the text of Gov. Edwards' session-opening speech. http://bit.ly/2GmDA6W
Schedler: Facing sexual harassment allegations, Secretary of State Tom Schedler has become the nowhere man in Louisiana politics. http://bit.ly/2FvZqHN
Medical marijuana: Pharmacies throughout Louisiana could open in the coming months if the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy hands out licenses at its upcoming March meeting. http://bit.ly/2GnMC3K
School safety: Last month's school shootings in Parkland, Fla. have triggered an outpouring of safety measures in the Louisiana Legislature, including controversial proposals to let teachers arm themselves. http://bit.ly/2paxRJn
School funding: Despite pleas for a $40 million increase, Louisiana's top school board Monday requested a standstill budget in basic state aid for public schools. http://bit.ly/2p7KPra
Gambling: The floating casinos are seeking approval to move a short distance onto land. http://bit.ly/2p9sKcl
Schools: The state will launch a national search for a new superintendent to oversee the Louisiana School For the Deaf and two others. http://bit.ly/2FAOzbK
Gridiron: Here is the order form to get tickets to the 67th annual Gridiron Show! http://bit.ly/2Gl6VyA
House and Senate convene at 6 p.m.
House committee hearings
- Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets at 9 a.m. in Room 3.
- Appropriations meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5.
- Ways and Means meets at 10 a.m. in Room 6.
Senate committee hearings
- Judiciary A meets at 9:30 a.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Judiciary C meets at 10: a.m. in Room F.
- Judiciary B meets at 2 p.m. in Room E.
Sorry for the delay, but here it is: It's time to name the Louisiana Capitol fox! Here is the full bracket with seeding. Voting to commence in the following series of tweets. Round 1 winners will advance to the next round tomorrow. #lalege pic.twitter.com/GKw8yfZZHt— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) March 12, 2018
First guest recognized in @LouisianaGov State of the State: Andy Johnson, with Graphic Packaging.— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) March 12, 2018
The men and women of the Cajun Navy heard the calls for help as Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Texas, and they answered with heroism. It was a privilege to honor some true American heroes today at the @WhiteHouse with @POTUS. pic.twitter.com/DKiPYE00Wq— Rick Perry (@SecretaryPerry) March 12, 2018