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A car drives north on North Fourth Street before turning west on Spanish Town Road, with the State Capitol in the background during a brisk Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 23, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

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.

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Countdown…

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

The News

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

Happening today

House comes in at 10 a.m. (Agenda: bit.ly/LAHouseOrder), and the Senate convenes at 9 a.m. (Agenda: bit.ly/LASenateDigest). 

  • Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget meets at 1 p.m. in Room 5.

House Committees 

  • Appropriations meets at 8 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets upon recess of the House in Room 3.

Senate Committees 

  • 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.

Governor's schedule

  • 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.

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