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State Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, received loud applause during a rally in support of a proposed criminal justice revamp on the State Capitol steps on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

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Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; Criminal justice reform advocates rally; Is it time to say see ya to the C-A-T?; Louisiana residents spend big on Trump inauguration festivities; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics.

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Days until the regular session ends: 49

The News

Criminal justice: Supporters of the effort to dramatically change how Louisiana prosecutes and punishes criminal defendants rallied Thursday at the Capitol. 

The state's sheriffs remain cautious of the effort.

C-A-T: A nonpartisan think tank has labeled the proposed Commercial Activity Tax a "nightmare" and offered up a detailed analysis of the choose-your-own-adventure-style way that it would operate.

Budget: House Republicans are beginning to pitch their spending plan to Democrats.

TOPS: A state Senate panel scrapped a proposal aimed to clawback TOPS funds if students moved out of state after graduation.

Trump: Louisiana residents contributed more than $1 million toward the inaugural festivities for President Trump. 

A firm belonging to potential New Orleans mayor candidate Sidney Torres IV was one of the donors.

Flood: The public battle between Gov. Edwards and Rep. Garret Graves over the state's recovery wages on.

Race relations: Louisiana residents are "starkly divided" along racial lines on issues involving police, protests and equality.

Opioids: Louisiana will get $8.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help fight opioid addiction.

Happening today

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards holds a press availability at 10:30 a.m. in his Capitol office.
  • The Public Affairs Research Council holds its annual meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. Gov. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and political analyst Charlie Cook will be the featured guests at lunch.
  • Restore Louisiana Task Force meets at the Capitol at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5.

The House and Senate return Monday.

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