Today in The Rundown: Appropriations breaks through budget impasse but much work still ahead on deficit; Sen. Troy Brown says his fate is "obvious;" school letter grades are being challenged; and more you may have missed from the Louisiana Capitol.
- Days until the special session ends: 6
- Days until the 2017 regular Louisiana legislative session: 53
- Days until the regular session ends: 112
Budget: The House Appropriations Committee crossed a major hurdle Wednesday in getting the deficit-closing budget plan moving. http://bit.ly/2kyDkVM
Brown: Sen. Troy Brown says "it's pretty obvious" he'll be ejected from the state Senate after his domestic abuse cases. http://bit.ly/2lR0Q2a
Women: Louisiana stacks up slightly better than it previously did when compared to women represented in state legislatures. http://bit.ly/2ljEObb
Education: Groups are opposing public school letter-grade changes that are backed by Ed Secretary John White. http://bit.ly/2lRmd3x
Prisons: The task force that will make recommendations to the Legislature for overhauling the state's criminal justice system held a two-hour town hall meeting Wednesday night. About 200 people showed up, giving input into what the state should do to address its high incarceration rate. http://bit.ly/2ktzdz2
• Gov. John Bel Edwards will address the America’s Wetland Foundation Summit at noon in Baton Rouge.
• House convenes at 2 p.m., and the Senate comes in at 6 p.m.
• House Appropriations Committee meets at 10 a.m. in Room 5.
Bills on the agenda include:
- HCR 1, Barras: Directs treasurer to immediately pull some money from constitutional and statutory dedications to use toward state debt.
- HCR 2, McFarland: Allows use of the state rainy day fund dollars.
- HB 1, Leger: The governor's deficit-closing budget proposal.
• State bond commission meets at 8 a.m. in Room A-B.