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Gov. John Bel Edwards, at lectern, addresses the joint session as the 2018 Regular Legislative Session begins Monday March 12, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.


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.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 83

The News

Session: The Louisiana Legislature's 2018 regular session has begun.

State of the State: Read the text of Gov. Edwards' session-opening speech.

Schedler: Facing sexual harassment allegations, Secretary of State Tom Schedler has become the nowhere man in Louisiana politics.

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.

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.

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.

Gambling: The floating casinos are seeking approval to move a short distance onto land.

Schools: The state will launch a national search for a new superintendent to oversee the Louisiana School For the Deaf and two others.

Gridiron: Here is the order form to get tickets to the 67th annual Gridiron Show!

Happening today

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.

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