Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.
Days until session ends: 7
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 142
Days until the runoff (as needed): 170
Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor spent Tuesday at an event at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., but was scheduled to return that evening. Here’s the review Jindal got from that event, which was sponsored by Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get To Work Political Action Committee: http://bit.ly/1BIBbsU
LSU: Louisiana legislators have been given the option to purchase coveted tickets for the baseball Super Regional featuring LSU and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. http://bit.ly/1Ia1jSs
Column: Advocate columnist Scott Rabalais weighs in on the ticket deal. http://bit.ly/1FSnsnu
TOPS: Legislation to rein in the cost of TOPS is one step away from hitting the governor’s desk. http://bit.ly/1AM0BL2
Budget crunch: The Senate Finance Committee has approved eight different tax bills that would raise an estimated $735 million. They’ll continue with more today. http://bit.ly/1K8vdc0
Rape exams: The Legislature has given final approval to measures that seek to fix an issue that had sexual assault victims paying for their own forensic exams. http://bit.ly/1BIyUOH
Constitutional convention: Concerned that convening a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution would open a Pandora’s box, a Louisiana Senate committee has rejected a bid to put the Legislature on record requesting such a meeting. http://bit.ly/1K8vg7z
Revenge porn: The Louisiana Legislature has signed off on a measure backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that seeks to outlaw so-called “revenge porn.” http://bit.ly/1BIyNm2
Army: Louisiana lawmakers are asking that a soldier who died in a helicopter crash off the coast of Florida recently be allowed to be buried in Arlington National Cemetary. http://bit.ly/1GWAHFM
Obamacare: Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under “Obamacare” are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016. http://bit.ly/1K8vlbs
- Ways and Means meets at 10 a.m. in Room 6. On the agenda:Legislation that would set up the framework for the SAVE student tax credit, and a proposed constitutional amendment giving colleges and universities more control over their tuition prices.
- Education meets at 8 a.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room
- Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 9:30 am in Room F
- Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs meets at 10 am in Room E
- Finance meets upon adjournment in Room A-B.
House Order of the Day: http://bit.ly/LAHouseOrder
Senate Daily Digest: http://bit.ly/LASenateDigest
Watch the House online: http://bit.ly/LAHouseChamber
Watch the Senate online: http://bit.ly/LASenateChamber