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Today in The Rundown: Budget talks continue; the Louisiana GOP takes a position on a fall referendum on unanimous juries; Medical marijuana regulators express concern about roll out; and more news in Louisiana politics today.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2018 third special session starts: 5

Days until the start of the new fiscal year: 18

Days until most laws passed in 2018 regular session take effect (unless otherwise stated in law): 49

The News

Budget: White other agencies face deep cuts if more revenue isn't raised, the Legislature has shielded its own funding in the coming year. http://bit.ly/2Mikhy9

Medical marijuana: Regulators involved in Louisiana's medical marijuana policies say key rules still need to be revised and an increase in conditions approved for treatment will likely cause the state’s nascent program to grow significantly. http://bit.ly/2JEZEL0

LaGOP: A referendum to do away with a Jim Crow-era law that allows juries in Louisiana to convict suspects in felony trials without a unanimous vote has won the backing of the state Republican Party. http://bit.ly/2l5AzOB

Congress: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has a memoir coming out this fall. http://bit.ly/2t0lbGU

Voting rights: Here's how Louisiana may be affected by a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says people who haven't cast ballots in a while can be purged from states' voter rolls. http://bit.ly/2HFCu5h

Happening today

  • Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, and possibly other Republican legislators will speak at the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish's Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon at noon at Cafe Americain, 7521 Jefferson Hwy.
  • U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will join Politico Playbook Live at 7 a.m. (central) in D.C. for a conversation on Congress, and his recovery from a mass shooting during baseball practice one year ago this week. Live stream available here.

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