Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.
Days until session ends: 29
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 166
Days until the runoff (as needed): 195
Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor did not have reported appearances scheduled outside of the state today. This weekend, he’ll travel to Iowa for the GOP Lincoln Dinner there.
Budget crunch: Are some legislators working toward a short-term fix that will need to be addressed by the next governor? http://bit.ly/1ECudWQ
Higher ed: A new report sheds light on how drastic Louisiana’s cuts to higher education funding have been. http://bit.ly/1PhYPrT
Same-sex marriage: Some members of the Louisiana Legislature want to ask two U.S. Supreme Court justices to abstain from participating in what could be a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage in the United States. http://bit.ly/1KGEmpV
GOP 2016: Iowa is key to Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations http://bit.ly/1KGwLrv
Jindal: A new poll out from Baton Rouge-based Southern Media and Opinion Research says Bobby Jindal’s favorability in Louisiana has hit an “all-time low.” http://bit.ly/1e0cuD2
Common Core: Echoing previous forecasts, the Public Affairs Research Council issued a report Tuesday that says Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to replace Common Core with new academic standards would be costly to the state and local school systems. http://bit.ly/1zXipTc
Vouchers: A bill that would ban Louisiana’s top school board from authorizing charter schools in districts rated A or B was rejected Tuesday by the House Education Committee. http://bit.ly/1e08McL
Equal pay: The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to put equal pay protection in state law. http://bit.ly/1KGE7eD
Registrars of Voters: An effort to overhaul how the states registrars of voters are selected and operate has been shelved in favor of a resolution to provide more time to study the current set-up. http://bit.ly/1cu6EZx
Harrah’s Casino: A legislative effort that would allow Harrah’s New Orleans Casino to slash 400 of its state-required jobs is probably dead this session. http://bit.ly/1e0997c
Capitol Parking: A new wrinkle in the plan to sell Capitol Welcome Center: The Jindal administration has promised free parking to IBM in garage slated for sale. http://bit.ly/1e0b1wF
Southern University: President Ron Mason has been selected to head the University of the District of Columbia. http://bit.ly/1H1E21Q
Gov’s race: An article from Politico called Louisiana gubernatorial candidate U.S. Sen. David Vitter “one of the more disliked members” of the Senate. http://bit.ly/1e0cLpz
From the AP
Common Core: Closed-door negotiations continued Tuesday on ways to stop another divisive legislative clash about Common Core education standards, but it wasn’t clear the two sides could reach terms in time to stop the first round of contentious debates. http://bit.ly/1e0cR0x
Taking on vetoes: Lawmakers narrowly refused a proposal Tuesday that would have required the Louisiana Legislature to reconvene in a veto session when a governor rejects bills. http://bit.ly/1e0cS4q
Unions: A contentious anti-union bill hit a snag Tuesday in the Louisiana House, with a widely-anticipated debate scrapped amid strong pushback from police, firefighters and teachers. http://bit.ly/1e0cToY
LCTCS Board meets at 9 a.m.
House Committee Meetings
- Education meets at 9 a.m. and has Common Core items on its agenda.
- Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m.
- Natural Resources and Environment meets at 9 a.m.
- House and Governmental Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to take up legislation related to the state Education Superintendent and BESE.
- Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 10 a.m.
Senate Committee Meetings
- Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs meets at 9 a.m.
- Health and Welfare meets at 9:30 a.m.
- Insurance meets at 10 a.m.
The House comes in at 2 p.m. and Senate at 3 p.m.