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President Donald Trump speaks during a visit to the Sempra Energy LNG export facility on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Hackberry, Louisiana.

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.

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The Countdown…

Days until the session must end: 22

Days until election day: 148

The News

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

Happening today

At the Capitol

  • House comes in at 2 p.m. and the Senate convenes at 1 p.m.

House Committees

  • 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.

Senate Committees

  • 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.

Governor's schedule

  • 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.

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

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