Today in The Rundown: Edwards keeps campaigning for budget solutions; legislators’ work slows at the Capitol; a hero emerges in the Senate; the Treasurer’s Office contemplates a move; presidential candidates are heading to Louisiana; and more.
Days until the end of the special session: 8
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 13
Days until Louisiana’s presidential primary: 4
JBE: In campaign mode, Gov. John Bel Edwards is working the crowds to build support for his budget solutions. http://bit.ly/1TMHLKF
Budget crunch: With just nine days left in the special session, lawmakers had made little progress on Monday. http://bit.ly/1TMHJ5A
Contracts: After The Advocate reported on ongoing questions about leased space in downtown Baton Rouge, the state Treasurer’s Office is working toward moving to state-owned space. http://bit.ly/1oTCDta
LSU: President F. King Alexander doubled down on comments that the budget threatens LSU’s football season. http://bit.ly/1TMHHdP
Waivers: Families fighting for programs that help the developmentally disabled have been a constant presence at the Capitol this special session: http://bit.ly/1TMHKGF
Capitol emergency: The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee sprang to action, performing CPR on a seargeant at arms in distress on Monday. http://bit.ly/1ndv1Qk
Higher Ed: A small group of student protesters was ejected from the state Senate after a brief disruption on Monday. http://bit.ly/1LR4Mpg
President: Last week’s early voting turnout was more than double what it was in 2012. http://bit.ly/1oTCDta
LA Lege: Funeral services for the late Rep. Ronnie Edwards of Baton Rouge have been set for Friday. http://bit.ly/1TMIAmM
DOTD: The head of the state Department of Transportation and Development was tossing out quips during his comments at the Louisiana Transportation Conference. http://bit.ly/1TMHTJX
Today at the Capitol
- Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1.
- Natural Resources and Environment meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.
- House and Governmental Affairs meets at 10 a.m. in Room 2.
- Appropriations meets at 1 p.m. in Room 5.
- Ways and Means meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 6.
- Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 1 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Finance meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room A-B.