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Azaleas provide a pop of spring color along with a bright blue sky at the State Capitol gardens Tuesday March 19, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La.

Today in The Rundown: Louisiana Legislature is wrapping up a 2019 session that wasn't all about the budget like years past, but abortion, gaming and food naming have drawn a lot of attention. Catch up on what's left at the end. Plus some big news on the 2020 front from Louisiana. 

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The Countdown…

Days until the session must end: It must end by 6 p.m. today!

Days until election day: 129

The News

2020: Before we dive head-first into the Louisiana Legislature's end-of-session issues, there is some big news on the 2020 Democratic primary front. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris has picked her top two Louisiana Democrats:

Medical marijuana: Louisiana medical marijuana patients may soon be able to use inhalers to ingest the drug, after lawmakers approved a bill to allow for the use of “metered-dose inhalers."

Trump: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his No. 2 counterpart from across the aisle in his chamber debated impeachment on Wednesday before Congress' latest break.

New Orleans: Residents who are tired of seeing their property taxes rise might want to pay attention to the Oct. 12 ballot.

Abortion: When Louisianans go to the polls in November 2020 to vote for president, they will also be faced with a ballot measure asking them to decide whether to enshrine anti-abortion language in the state Constitution.

Saints: Her political career long passed and her health failing, ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco has joined one of the most select families in New Orleans Saints lore — the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Happening today

At the Capitol

  • House comes in at 10 a.m. and the Senate convenes at 9 a.m.

Governor's schedule

  • 2 p.m.: Bill signing ceremony for bills including HB391 (veteran-owned businesses), HB491 (industrial hemp regulations) and SB109 (foster care) in the governor’s office in the Capitol.
  • TBD: End-of-session news conference at the Capitol. Will happen 30 minutes after Sine Die.

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Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent

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