Gov. John Bel Edwards makes opening day remarks at the start of the special session Monday.

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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.

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  • Days until the special session ends: 6
  • Days until the 2017 regular Louisiana legislative session: 53
  • Days until the regular session ends: 112

The News

Budget: The House Appropriations Committee crossed a major hurdle Wednesday in getting the deficit-closing budget plan moving.

Brown: Sen. Troy Brown says "it's pretty obvious" he'll be ejected from the state Senate after his domestic abuse cases.

Women: Louisiana stacks up slightly better than it previously did when compared to women represented in state legislatures.

Education: Groups are opposing public school letter-grade changes that are backed by Ed Secretary John White.

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.

Happening today

• 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.

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