Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards talks the possibility of a constitutional convention; House moves to punish “sanctuary cities,” State workers may not get pay raises; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 32

The News

Budget crunch: Gov. John Bel Edwards says he’s optimistic about the budget, but he wouldn’t rule out the possible need for a constitutional convention down the road.

Extras: God, chickens, daughters and light rail — Edwards took on a lot of topics at the Rotary meeting. Here are some extras:

State workers: Gov. Edwards administration is seeking to suspend worker pay raises because of the budget crisis. (via AP)

Voter registration: A century-old Louisiana law is being challenged by civil rights groups who say it discriminates against foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens. (via AP)

Sanctuary cities: The House agreed to a bill that would block cities that adopt immigration-related sanctuary policies from being able to borrow money through the state system.

Juvenile Justice: Despite recent complaints from a Jefferson Parish facility, the state’s juvenile justice boss says children at the center are safe.

Ban the Box: A bill that would ease job searches for felons is heading to the full Senate.

Athletics: A legislator who says he was inspired by an article in The Advocate pushed — then dropped — a bill that would have cut back travel for most Louisiana college sports teams except LSU’s.

GOP 2016: Louisiana’s Republican Congressional delegation released a unified statement in support of Donald Trump. the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president.

Prayer: The Senate signed off on legislation to back legislative sessions opening in prayer.

Food Stamps: A bill that would have handed power over SNAP waivers from the governor to legislators was shot down in the Senate.

MORE: See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature:

Today at the Capitol

House convenes at 1 p.m., and the Senate comes in at 9 a.m.

House Committees

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Retirement meets at 9 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Judiciary meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Labor and Industrial Relations meets at 10 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Education meets upon adjournment in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Local and Municipal Affairs meets upon adjournment in Room F.
  • Natural Resources meets upon adjournment in Room A-B.
  • Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets upon adjournment in Room E.
  • 9 a.m. Quebec National Assembly Representatives Meeting in Governor’s Office at the Capitol (not open to media).
  • 2 p.m. Press Conference in the Governor’s Press Room at the Capitol.
  • 6:30 p.m. Louisiana Public Broadcasting 2016 Legends Awards Gala and Auction at the Old State Capitol.

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