Today in The Rundown: The special session appears to implode after crucial Sunday night vote; crime legislation would address eyewitness IDs; flood recovery program still leaves some frustrated; and more news in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the special session must end: 2
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 7
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session ends: 91
Special session: The Louisiana House rejected a second attempt at passing critical legislation and now the session appears to be in tatters. http://bit.ly/2CZHOho
Criminal justice: Legislation is being proposed in the coming session to set up statewide procedures for how law enforcement agencies use eyewitness identifications. http://bit.ly/2CYHijQ
Flood recovery: While people who have received assistance are grateful for Restore Louisiana, the $1.3 billion program has left others wondering if the government even wants to give them a dollar. http://bit.ly/2Fe5uAA
Trade: The Trump administration's plan to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is "troubling in a number of ways" and almost certainly would send ripples through Louisiana's economy, the head of Union Pacific Railroad said at a World Trade Center reception in New Orleans. http://bit.ly/2D2z62c
Congress: The National Flood Insurance Program's federal authorization is set to lapse in less than three weeks, setting the latest deadline for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to hash out a deal to overhaul a critical program that's deeply in debt. http://bit.ly/2Fda2HC
Happening this week
House comes in at 4 p.m., and the Senate convenes at 1 p.m.
- Revenue and Fiscal Affairs tentatively meets at 4 p.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Finance meeting to be announced in Room A-B.
Once again this legislature fails to do anything meaningful, pass anything meaningful and create any semblance of a meaningful future for our state. Instead, we edge closer and closer to the fiscal cliff with no solution in sight. #lalege— Rep. Julie Stokes (@JulieSStokes) March 5, 2018
did you ask Speaker Henry??— Rep. Ted James (@EdwardTedJames) March 5, 2018
The House had a bill on floor for revenue that Dems r saying is badly needed.Then they complained that the bill was tied to budget reform bills so those requirements were stripped from the bill. Dems got everything they wanted & then voted against the bill! How is that bad faith?— Jay Morris (@JayJaymorris3) March 5, 2018
Looks to me not to have a high probability of success. pic.twitter.com/9WWhQspkLr— Dan Claitor (@DanClaitor) March 5, 2018
This session I’ve seen Democrats just as willing to throw LA over the cliff. There’s been a weird bipartisan effort by the extremes to blow it up. https://t.co/I5Djk8sRF6— Tanner Magee (@Mageefor53) March 4, 2018
Why is the @lagop making it harder on the people of this state? They want poor people to prove they are not “able” to work to get healthcare. If @LaDemos don’t agree, Republicans are willing to throw Louisiana over a financial cliff. #lalege #peopleoverpolitics pic.twitter.com/KauYupUajS— Rep. Gary Carter Jr. (@gm_carter) March 4, 2018
No trust in the House. Period.— Malinda B White (@mbwhite67) March 5, 2018