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.
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
The images coming out of Broward Country Florida right now are devastating. Children should never be exposed to this type of fear and violence. Donna and I are praying that law enforcement are able to apprehend the suspect quickly.— Gov John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) February 14, 2018