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Days until the 2015 session begins: 5
Days until session ends: 64
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 199
Days until the runoff (as needed): 228

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? Jindal doesn’t have any reported out-of-state appearances scheduled today, but he’ll be in Iowa on Thursday.

The News

  • Budget battle wages: Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has asked a key House panel to overhaul Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed operating budget to prevent Louisiana’s public school test program from being gutted.
  • Same-sex marriage: Louisiana residents are slowly warming up to the ideas of both same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, but the majority still opposes both, according to the most recent chapter of the 2015 Louisiana Survey. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s all about what part of the state you’re in.
  • Personhood: Abortion again will be discussed by the Louisiana Legislature when lawmakers debate whether life — and its legal protections — begins at conception.
  • Film tax credits: The fight over the state’s controversial film tax credit program continues to heat up this week with a film industry-backed study claiming that the tax credits generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment in Louisiana.
  • Sports and 2016: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s LSU-heavy NCAA men’s basketball bracket ranked just under the 30th percentile when compared to all entrants. That got him a 9th place finish among the potential 2016 candidates ABC analyzed.
  • Democrats: The Louisiana Democratic Party has announced two new senior staffers: Political Director Roderick Scott and Communications Director Beau Tidwell. Related: Former executive director, Steve Arceneaux, may be heading to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
  • St. George: District Attorney Hillar Moore III has opened an official investigation into forgeries on the petition to incorporate the proposed city of St. George.

On today’s calendar:

  • The House Appropriations Committee will hold its hearing on higher education funding starting at 9 a.m. Watch it online here:
  • The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber will talk legislative priorities at 11:30 a.m. at Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road.
  • U.S. Sen. David Vitter has planned news conferences in Shreveport and West Monroe through his gubernatorial campaign.
  • Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne continues to make his bid for governor official with a state-wide tour stop at 3 p.m. in New Orleans.

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