Rep. Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, left, and Rep. Major Thibaut, D-New Roads, center, chat with Rep. Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles,right, during debate of amendments to his HB-23 on the House floor Sunday during the Special Legislative Session.


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.

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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

The News

Special session: The Louisiana House rejected a second attempt at passing critical legislation and now the session appears to be in tatters.

Criminal justice: Legislation is being proposed in the coming session to set up statewide procedures for how law enforcement agencies use eyewitness identifications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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