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Clouds loom over the Louisiana State Capital Building as legislators meet to address the state's fiscal crisis Monday Feb. 26, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.


Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers take a break from official action in the special session to try to forge a new path forward; Hunting and fishing licenses could go up; Immigrants voice concerns over New Orleans' crime-fighting surveillance program; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the special session must end: 8

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 13

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session ends: 91

The News

Special session: After hitting another special session impasse on Monday that prompted several public disagreements among leaders, the state House will wait until at least Wednesday before attempting again to take up tax measures.

Wildlife: License fees for basic fishing would rise by 42 percent and 33 percent for hunters under a proposal outlined Monday by the secretary for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Immigration: A group of local immigrant workers has become the latest critic of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s $40 million crime-fighting surveillance plan, arguing that federal immigration officials could use the cameras to track the whereabouts of people living in the city illegally and eventually deport them.

Congress: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise met with survivors from the recent Florida high school shooting this week.

Pipeline: Bayou Bridge lawyers have asked a judge to suspend the work stoppage order that they say will cost the company almost $1 million daily.

Environment: Work temporarily stopped on the Bayou Bridge pipeline Monday after a handful of environmental protesters stood in the way of the machinery, with three of them getting arrested.

Film industry: Two scripted television series that are filmed in south Louisiana have been renewed.

Baton Rouge: The capital city has a new website.

Happening this week


Neither the House nor Senate is scheduled to convene today.

  • Joint Agriculture meets at 10 a.m. in Room 1.

Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses the Statewide Economic Development Summit at about 10:15 a.m. at L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge. See the full summit schedule here.


House convenes at 10 a.m., and the Senate comes in at 7:30 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses the Baton Rouge Rotary Club at noon at Drusilla Place in Baton Rouge.

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