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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Countdown…

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. http://bit.ly/2pIZmfp 

The state's sheriffs remain cautious of the effort. http://bit.ly/2pJe4Tl

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. http://bit.ly/2oVxtxF

Budget: House Republicans are beginning to pitch their spending plan to Democrats. http://bit.ly/2pJbVHt

TOPS: A state Senate panel scrapped a proposal aimed to clawback TOPS funds if students moved out of state after graduation. http://bit.ly/2oURuVe

Trump: Louisiana residents contributed more than $1 million toward the inaugural festivities for President Trump. http://bit.ly/2pTGoPo 

A firm belonging to potential New Orleans mayor candidate Sidney Torres IV was one of the donors. http://bit.ly/2pIRyKh

Flood: The public battle between Gov. Edwards and Rep. Garret Graves over the state's recovery wages on. http://bit.ly/2pJflKj

Race relations: Louisiana residents are "starkly divided" along racial lines on issues involving police, protests and equality. http://bit.ly/2oU1vBT

Opioids: Louisiana will get $8.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help fight opioid addiction. http://bit.ly/2oUXkpF

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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