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.
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 48
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
The House comes in at 2 p.m. and the Senate convenes at 5:30 p.m.
- 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.
- 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.
Head of Louisiana Sheriffs Association says he was wrong when he told #lalege that 1,400 people have languished in jail for 4+ years without trial. The real number: 2,181 have been held from 1-4 years. 85 have been waiting over 4 years.— Jan Moller (@jmollerLBP) April 16, 2018
Final part of the 2018 Louisiana Survey focuses on how residents view the media. https://t.co/qYKUinJ04F via @Research_LSU.About 3/4 respondents say local media keep them "very well" or "fairly well" informed about state politics. #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) April 16, 2018
.@AFPLouisiana is hosting phone banking and floral arranging event this weekend to highlight occupational licensing in Louisiana, one of group's priorities this #lalege session. https://t.co/HQu3MZKuia— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) April 16, 2018
Chairman Gaines pins the newest member of the LA Black Caucus, Rep. Royce Duplessis.… https://t.co/vK0OAKVC2x— Sen. Regina Barrow (@ReginaBarrow) April 16, 2018