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In a packed committee room, Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, at the testimony table left, answers questions on his amendments as the House Appropriations Committee takes up HB1, the budget bill, Monday April 16, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. After much discussion the amendments failed to pass 6-18.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

Today in The Rundown: Budget negotiations head to the floor this week while HB2 discussions hit one-week delay; a new idea proposed for big trucks; Big Charity back at the drawing board; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 48

The News

Budget: House Appropriations has passed a version of HB1 that would fully fund TOPS but cut health care services. http://bit.ly/2vgD34B

Transportation: Big trucks would be restricted to using the right lane of interstates during evening rush hour in Baton Rouge under a bill under consideration at the Capitol. http://bit.ly/2J0CWMA

Smoking: An Acadiana legislator is renewing his push Tuesday to forbid smoking in bars, casinos and sports arenas. http://bit.ly/2J28ZLQ

Capital outlay: The House Ways and Means committee wants to reassess how surplus dollars will be used before voting on legislation that funds state construction projects. http://bit.ly/2qCC0qN

Big Charity: A new attempt to redevelop the former Charity Hospital building in New Orleans is moving a step closer to reality as officials seek firms interested in doing a large-scale project on the site. http://bit.ly/2JTd8Dd

Congress: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is back in the hospital for a planned follow-up surgery in his recovery from near fatal wounds he suffered during last year's congressional baseball practice shooting. http://bit.ly/2HtjM4J

Federal regulations: More than 100 Louisiana-based banks could see regulatory relief if Congress approves a major rollback of banking rules that date back to the 2008 financial crisis. http://bit.ly/2HFAxHs

Happening today 

The House comes in at 2 p.m. and the Senate convenes at 5:30 p.m.

House Committees 

  • Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 8:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Education meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.
  • House and Governmental Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2.
  • Insurance meets at 10 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Natural Resources and Environment meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4.

Senate Committees 

  • Finance meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 2 p.m. in Room C.
  • Judiciary A meets at 2 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Judiciary C meets at 2 p.m. in Room F.
  • Judiciary B meets at 2:30 p.m. in Room E.

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