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The sun sets behind the Louisiana State Capitol, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Today in The Rundown: The special Legislative session is quickly approaching; I-10 traffic slowing down in Baton Rouge soon; the latest in Louisiana's medical marijuana efforts and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics.

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Countdown…

Days until the special session starts: 4

Days until the special session must end: 20

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 25

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session ends: 109

The News

ICYMI: A state investigator has been suspended for two weeks without pay for participating in improper "political activities" during the 2015 election season, including the endorsement of then-candidate John Bel Edwards. http://bit.ly/2ErkFu8

Hazing: A state lawmaker plans to propose legislation this session that will increase the state's penalties for hazing, after the death of an LSU freshman last fall. http://bit.ly/2Eshq5w

Transportation: Already slow traffic on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge will get slower starting Friday. http://bit.ly/2BXtytu

Medical Marijuana: The company licensed to produce medical marijuana in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter has sold a 15 percent stake in the venture to a newly-formed Lafayette company to help finance the effort. http://bit.ly/2BuhDCu

Eco Devo: The state is pursuing the return of more than half the $1.97 million in incentives it gave much-touted video game developer Gameloft after the company fell well short of required hiring goals and closed its New Orleans office. http://bit.ly/2CkzoRH

Mardi Gras: New Orleans cleans up after closing out another Carnival season. http://bit.ly/2BrBzWJ

Happening this week

Today

  • Ad Hoc Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget meets at 10 a.m. in Room E.
  • Gaming Control Board meets at 10 a.m. in Room 1.
  • State Bond Commission meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.

Friday

  • Ad Hoc Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room E.
  • Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council meets at 10 a.m. in Room 1.

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