Today in The Rundown: The Senate has passed a budget as lawmakers work toward a Friday end to the regular session; Casinos likely heading from the water to land; unanimous verdicts bill heads to voters; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the ~targeted~ end to the regular session: 2
Days until the special session begins: 6
Days until the 2018 special session must end: 19
Budget: The State Senate has passed its version of the budget, with deep cuts to many state agencies that senators say they hope to prevent with revenue from the upcoming special session. http://bit.ly/2k07P9g
Courts: Voters will decide whether Louisiana repeals its Jim Crow-era law that allows non-unanimous jury verdicts for felony convictions. http://bit.ly/2wMig9G
Casinos: Louisiana could have up to 15 more land casinos filled with thousands of new slot machines and table games under a bill given final legislative approval Tuesday in the House. http://bit.ly/2IiTLpT
Harrah's: The fate of a controversial bill that would give Harrah’s a no-bid, 30-year extension of its state casino operating license is now in the hands of the full Senate. http://bit.ly/2IpxOBJ
Abortion: An effort to ban abortion after 15 weeks is nearing final passage at the Capitol, but it would only become law if Mississippi's similar ban is upheld in court. http://bit.ly/2wJnIud
Felon voting: Two players for the New Orleans Saints are voicing their support for an effort to restore voting rights to some felons in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/2wJpr2j
Time: Louisiana is looking to study what would happen if the state went to year-round daylight saving time. http://bit.ly/2jXB7oW
Guns: A push to let visitors with concealed-carry permits bring guns onto Louisiana school campuses was rejected by a senator panel this week. http://bit.ly/2KqtNgP
School safety: Bulletproof backpacks would be legal in public schools under a bill that is nearing final passage in the Legislature. http://bit.ly/2IsdNKZ
Bullying: A bill that sought to put into place strict anti-bullying regulations for public schools has been killed. http://bit.ly/2KqstKY
Congress: Louisiana's U.S. senators are among a group of Republicans calling on the chamber to work through its August recess. http://bit.ly/2IocwnX
- Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget meets at 1 p.m. in Room 5.
- Appropriations meets at 8 a.m. in Room 5.
- Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets upon recess of the House in Room 3.
- Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room E.
- Health and Welfare meets upon recess of the Senate in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Gov. Edwards hosts his monthly call-in radio show, Ask the Governor, at 2 p.m. The number to call with questions is 1-877-217-5757.
The Orleans and Jefferson Parish Delegations met in Baton Rouge today! I want to confirm New Orleans’ commitment to regional growth. We are partners in the region and both sides of the legislature. #CityOfYes @jeffparishgov @cityofkenner @TeamKCP #LALege #LAGov pic.twitter.com/mnuJzEPJ8B— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) May 15, 2018
Our office participated in an information fair sponsored by the @ICAREteens Program at Northeast High School in Pride. The AG’s “Be Smart with Your Smart Phone” booklet was a big hit. Download summer reading material for your kids today at https://t.co/Jv11Gw1oze #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/L8GBXzhsDs— AG Jeff Landry (@AGJeffLandry) May 15, 2018