Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards reveals priority for 2017 session; a judge strikes down Louisiana’s anti-abortion admitting privileges law; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 38
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session:
47* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

The News

JBE: This year, it’s all about the budget but Gov. Edwards revealed at least one major priority for 2017’s session while meeting with corrections officials on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/1SILxVW

Abortion: Louisiana’s law that required abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges has been struck down in federal court. http://bit.ly/1PzUNFv

State pay: Gov. Edwards has kept pay on pace with Gov. Jindal, despite criticism on the campaign trail. http://bit.ly/1SILOIG

Pay hikes: The new head of DOTD has called out his predecessor for pay hikes given as Jindal’s term came to an end. http://bit.ly/1SILTvK

Coastal Restoration: A task force has allocateed $73.3 million for planning and construction of coastal wetland projects. http://bit.ly/1PR8al4

LA Sen: State Treasurer John Kennedy has made it official and entered the 2016 Senate race. http://bit.ly/1K9mR6o

Confederate monuments: A judge has struck down a challenge to removing monuments in New Orleans. http://bit.ly/1PzTZQY

Happenings

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will speak to the Offshore Marine Services Association membership meeting in New Orleans today. The event is not open to the media.
  • State Treasurer John Kennedy will speak to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana’s luncheon today in Baton Rouge.
  • Joint Highway Priority Construction Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center and at 2 p.m. at the Lafayette Consolidated Government Building.
  • Waste Tire Program Task Force meets at 12:30 pm in the Capitol Committee Room 3.

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