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.
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
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. http://bit.ly/2sY34EH
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. http://bit.ly/2sY1jr5
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. http://bit.ly/2sWuLO5
Congress: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise met with survivors from the recent Florida high school shooting this week. http://bit.ly/2sY3MSf
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. http://bit.ly/2BSFbRF
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. http://bit.ly/2t001f1
Film industry: Two scripted television series that are filmed in south Louisiana have been renewed. http://bit.ly/2sXzGhE
Baton Rouge: The capital city has a new website. http://bit.ly/2sZBgQ3
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.
.@SenJohnKennedy returned Sunday from co-del trip to Colombia and Puerto Rico with @RoyBlunt @LacyClayMO1 and @TomColeOK04. (Photo here via his office with his wife & Colombia President Santos). #lasen #lagov pic.twitter.com/innhEplKe3— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) February 26, 2018
.@EdwardTedJames at the mike chided state Rep Alan Seabaugh for walking past him and out of the chamber - James, though, didn't mention Seabaugh by name. Seabaugh and members of black caucus rarely see eye to eye #lalege #lagov— Tyler Bridges (@tegbridges) February 26, 2018
"I love that there are times when we aren't identified by red or blue, but pink - because of the caring we have for each other." - Rep. Chris Broadwater, during his farewell address on a particularly divided day. #LaLege #LaGov pic.twitter.com/r6sQyxTC7u— LSU's Manship School Statehouse Bureau (@ManshipXGR) February 26, 2018
Full moon over the House. pic.twitter.com/ENGPRosoxq— Dan Claitor (@DanClaitor) February 27, 2018