Today in The Rundown: House committee blocks key tax proposal; Medicaid expansion hits nearly 200K in first week; Edwards signs ‘ban the box’ legislation; and more.

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Days until second special session ends: 14

The News

Budget crunch: One of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ key tax proposals was blocked by a Democrat in committee Wednesday.

Medicaid expansion: Nearly 200,000 people have signed up for Medicaid in the first week of Louisiana’s expanded health care eligibility, state officials say.

Governors: Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s trip to Baton Rouge and New Orleans will take place next week, as he attempts to woo businesses from Louisiana to the Sunshine State.

Ban the box: Gov. Edwards signed legislation Wednesday that could give ex-convicts a greater chance at re-entering the workforce.

Capitol grounds: Magnolia trees that have been languishing at the Capitol since the inauguration will be moved to the Governor’s Mansion.

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature:

Today at the Capitol

The House comes in at 1 p.m., and the Senate is gone until Monday.

House Committees

  • Appropriations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Ways and Means meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.

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