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.

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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

The News

JBE: In campaign mode, Gov. John Bel Edwards is working the crowds to build support for his budget solutions.

Budget crunch: With just nine days left in the special session, lawmakers had made little progress on Monday.

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.

LSU: President F. King Alexander doubled down on comments that the budget threatens LSU’s football season.

Waivers: Families fighting for programs that help the developmentally disabled have been a constant presence at the Capitol this special session:

Capitol emergency: The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee sprang to action, performing CPR on a seargeant at arms in distress on Monday.

Higher Ed: A small group of student protesters was ejected from the state Senate after a brief disruption on Monday.

President: Last week’s early voting turnout was more than double what it was in 2012.

GOP 2016: Donald Trump will hold a rally in New Orleans on Friday ( and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is heading to Baton Rouge (

LA Lege: Funeral services for the late Rep. Ronnie Edwards of Baton Rouge have been set for Friday.

DOTD: The head of the state Department of Transportation and Development was tossing out quips during his comments at the Louisiana Transportation Conference.

Today at the Capitol

House Committees

  • 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.

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