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Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state Capitol building in Baton Rouge.

Today in The Rundown: State's circa-1920 anti-hazing law raises questions amid LSU student's death; a state senator was part of a mission to help evacuate a fragile Puerto Rican couple; lawmakers consider budget solutions; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until Election Day for state treasurer, PSC and New Orleans mayor, among other races: 2

Days until the runoff election, as needed: 37

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 151

The News

LSU frat death: Louisiana was one of the first states to adopt anti-hazing legislation in 1920. Here are some of the questions it raises:

Puerto Rico: State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson was among the Louisiana mission that helped rescue a fragile, elderly couple from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Budget Battle: The state House, which has been ground zero for breakdowns in budget negotiations, is holding a bipartisan retreat in Baton Rouge today to try to hash out a compromise.

TOPS: The TOPS task force continues its work looking into the popular college scholarship program.

Transportation: While Louisiana road and bridge needs poured into a key legislative committee Wednesday, prospects for any sweeping changes are bleak.

LA Flood: State disaster response and recovery leaders met with legislators on Wednesday to give the latest details on the state's recovery from last year's historic floods.

Baton Rouge: Six months after the city's former chief administrative officer resigned amid questionable job history news, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has picked a new CAO. Sources tell The Advocate it will be Broome's one-time mayoral opponent and real estate broker/investor who is well-known around Spanish Town: Darryl Gissell.

Congress: The package of federal hurricane relief money unveiled by Congress this week presents a mixed back for Louisiana's delegation.

Stat Deds: Louisiana lawmakers are starting a new review of all the state's statutory dedications to look for ways to free up the budget.

Happening this week


Felony Class System Task Force meet at 10 a.m. in Room 1 at the State Capitol.

LSU Board of Supervisors meets at 10 a.m. in the board room of the University Administration Building on LSU's Baton Rouge campus. (Board agenda and link to YouTube stream available here)

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