Today in the Rundown: Gov. Edwards touts Medicaid expansion; Poll reveals Louisiana residents are conservative when it comes to social issues; Raw milk movement makes progress; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 48

The News

Medicaid: Gov. Edwards touted Medicaid expansion during a Senate committee hearing on Monday.

Edwards: The governor headed back to the House this week for a birthday celebration.

Higher ed: The governor and LSU President F. King Alexander have been interviewed by HBO’s Vice for an upcoming episode on higher education.

Poll: The latest report from the 2016 Louisiana Survey looks at views on gay marriage, guns, Confederate monuments and other social issues.

Children: Louisiana is caught between a staggering need to boost aid for children and families and a $750 million shortfall that makes doing so difficult, legislative leaders say.

Campaign: Ads touting Edwards’ gubernatorial bid have won prestigious awards.

ICYMI: Who is getting wined and dined? Legislators are looking to clear up vague lobbyist disclosure laws to make it easier to figure out.

Raw Milk: Long-stalled legislation that would allow the sale of raw milk in Louisiana has made it through the state Senate and is heading to the House.

Gas tax: Gov. Edwards says he still thinks it would be a good idea to raise the gasoline tax to help fund transportation upgrades.

Surrogacy: A bill that would regulate surrogacy arrangements has passed its first legislative hurdle.

Adoption: A House committee rejected a bill that would have created an avenue for adopted people to reach out to their biological parents.

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Today at the Capitol

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

House Committees

  • Appropriations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Ways and Means meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Civil Law and Procedure meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Transportation, Highways, and Public Works meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room C.
  • Judiciary A meets at 9:30 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Judiciary B meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room E.
  • Judiciary C meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room F.
  • Environmental Quality meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Press conference to discuss first 100 days in office. ICYMI: A look at where Edwards’ agenda stands.
  • 2 p.m.: Edwards launches his new monthly call-in radio show.

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