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Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, May 27, 2016.

Today in The Rundown: The clock is ticking on the state legislative session; lawmakers push anti-abortion rights measures; minimum wage hike is shot down again; Gold Star Families face hefty tax hike; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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The Countdown…

Days until the session must end: 15

Days until election day: 141

The News

Abortion: Louisiana voters could have a chance on the October ballot to say whether abortion should be deemed unconstitutional.

Congress: Louisiana officials are trying to help reverse a new hefty tax burden that Gold Star Families are experiencing this year.

Death penalty: Legislation that would hide the identities of execution drug suppliers of execution drugs is heading to the state Senate after it easily passed the House this week.

Minimum wage: Louisiana residents won't have a chance to vote on a proposed $9 minimum wage after the hike championed by Gov. John Bel Edwards fell short in the State Senate for the fourth consecutive year.

Sports betting: The latest effort to legalize sports wagering in Louisiana has made it out of a House committee, but not before members made major changes to the bill -- some with the hope of eventually tanking the effort.

Gaming: A bill to extend Harrah’s state license, which gives it the right to be the only land-based casino in New Orleans, is one step closer to passing.

Fantasy sports: The Legislature is advancing a bill that would set up a framework for fantasy sports betting after 47 of the state’s 64 parishes agreed in November to legalize it.

Transportation: Legislation aimed at expanding Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services statewide has cleared a key Senate committee after dying in the same panel in 2017 and 2018.

Pre-K: Gov. Edwards says he will push to increase spending for early childhood education so that a key waiting list for services can be reduced.

BRPD: Baton Rouge police could consider more than seniority in promotions under bill that has passed the House.

Happening today

At the Capitol

  • House and Senate come in at 1 p.m. 

House Committees

  • Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Retirement meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4.

Senate Committees

  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Insurance meets at 9 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room E.
  • Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 10 a.m. in Room F.

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

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