Today in The Rundown: Highlights from President Donald Trump's Louisiana visit; an update on the NFIP; another last-place finish on "Best States" list; death penalty news; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the session must end: 22
Days until election day: 148
POTUS: President Donald Trump made a trip to Louisiana on Tuesday to promote the energy sector and raise millions for his campaign fund and the national GOP. http://bit.ly/2Jnt7fV
Transportation: Trump told a Southwest Louisiana crowd that he'll build a new I-10 bridge in Lake Charles if he's re-elected next year. http://bit.ly/2Jnt7fV
Trump: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's Trump-themed socks got some attention after he wore them to greet the president upon his arrival in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/2JkC3mb
NFIP: The U.S. House has agreed to extend National Flood Insurance Program through September in another short-term fix. It now heads to the Senate. http://bit.ly/2JNQOxt
Auto insurance: A state Senate panel blocked what a business group called the most important bill of the session after senators complained the legislation wouldn’t lower car insurance rates as promised. http://bit.ly/2JkZqvS
Medical marijuana: An effort to let patients inhale medical marijuana has cleared state House and is heading to the Senate. http://bit.ly/2JnyADs
LaLege: State Rep. Terry Landry, a New Iberia Democrat and former State Police colonel, announced that he won't seek re-election to the Legislature this fall. http://bit.ly/2JlmJG0
Capital punishment: Legislation that would end the use of the death penalty in Louisiana narrowly advanced out of a committee to the House floor. http://bit.ly/2JlxqZb
ICYMI: Louisiana has, for the third year straight, come in last in the "Best States" rankings from US News & World Reports. http://bit.ly/2JDRZPC
At the Capitol
- House comes in at 2 p.m. and the Senate convenes at 1 p.m.
- Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
- Insurance meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
- Natural Resources and Environment meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.
- Education meets at 10 a.m. in Room 1.
- House and Governmental Affairs meets at 10 a.m. in Room 2.
- Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room F.
- Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs meets at 10 a.m. in Room E.
- Insurance meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
- 8:15 a.m. NGA Cybersecurity Summit keynote address. Shreveport Convention Center.
- 8:45 a.m. NGA Cybersecurity Summit’s higher education panel.
- 10 a.m. Interchange groundbreaking ceremony at I-20/I-220 Barksdale Air Force Base interchange in Bossier City.
- 11 a.m. Cyber Innovation Center announcement in Bossier City.
Seller of the Trump socks that @LouisianaLtGov @BillyNungesser wore to greet POTUS in Louisiana today is aware that Trump spotted them. They are advertised as the "Internet Famous Trump Socks" https://t.co/b87204qdXo #lalege #lagov https://t.co/lSwEZy6lhF— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) May 15, 2019
From White House pool report on Trump's return flight to DC: @SteveScalise and @PressSec talked to reporters about "some (NBA) draft lottery." Tonight, the #Pelicans landed the overall pick in next month's NBA draft: https://t.co/2iVx31jzFZ #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/E7y6talwRt— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) May 15, 2019
Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent
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