Legislators: One aspect about state budget is clear: Do not expect much help from Bobby Jindal _lowres

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the opening session of the Louisiana State Legislature in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, Pool)

Today in The Rundown: Gov. Bobby Jindal goes after President Barack Obama, Mary Landrieu gets a new job, film tax credit changes move forward, and three state sales tax holidays could be suspended.

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Days until session ends: 17

Days until the 2015 primary election day: 155

Days until the runoff (as needed): 184

The News

Film tax credits: A series of bills aimed at stamping out perceived abuses in Louisiana’s film tax credit program are now close to winning final approval from the state Legislature. http://bit.ly/1FW3ZFq

Jindal: Gov. Bobby Jindal took aim at President Barack Obama on Tuesday with a snarky statement just hours after a federal appeals court ruled against removing a temporary hold on his immigration order. http://bit.ly/1FW3hbe

Landrieu: Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has taken a job with a DC lobbying firm. http://bit.ly/1FW3w6n

Sex assault: The Louisiana Senate approved legislation that would set up guidelines for how the state handles victims of sexual assault, preventing them from being charged for their own forensic exams. http://bit.ly/1FW4bVa

Sales tax holidays: The Louisiana House agreed Tuesday to suspend three state sales tax holidays for a year to help the state with its fiscal problems. http://bit.ly/1FW55B7

Construction costs: Louisiana’s multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year has been overloaded with projects. http://bit.ly/1FW5bJ4

Budget crunch: The Jindal administration is pushing the idea of selling the settlement with Big Tobacco, which pays the state tens of millions of dollars each year, for about $700 million to paid over the next three years. But the Legislature may not be on board with the idea. http://bit.ly/1FW5u6z Also in budget news…. After getting whacked by the unexpected collapse in the price oil — and its impact on the state budget — Louisiana legislators Tuesday advanced a bill to limit the estimated price that is used to calculate projected revenues. http://bit.ly/1FW5K5F

Marijuana: Another bill decreasing the penalties for weed possession quickly cleared a Senate committee Tuesday. http://bit.ly/1FW4jUK

State workers: The Louisiana House has endorsed a cost-of-living increase in the pension checks of some 100,000 retired state employees, teachers, school workers and State Police. http://bit.ly/1FW4KP5

Domestic violence: A state House committee Tuesday deferred action on legislation that would help victims of domestic violence with housing. http://bit.ly/1FW4YWd


House Committees

  • Education meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1
  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5
  • Natural Resources and Environment meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4
  • Insurance meets at 12 p.m. in Room 3
  • House Select Committee on Homeland Security meets at 1 pm in Room 6
  • House and Governmental Affairs meets at 1 p.m. in Room 2
  • Health and Welfare meets at 9:30 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room
  • Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room F
  • Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs meets at 10 am in Room E
  • Insurance meets at 11 am in Room C

House Order of the Day: http://bit.ly/LAHouseOrder

Senate Daily Digest: http://bit.ly/LASenateDigest

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