Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards backs Medicaid reforms; TOPS changes proposed; the chief justice of the state Supreme Court offers ideas for tacking the state’s high incarceration rate; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 82

The News

JBE: The governor’s plan for Medicaid expansion is beginning to take shape and could include co-pays and other “personal responsibility” measures.

Higher ed: Bills that would change TOPS and make it easier to close some colleges are among the proposals that have been brought up for the session.

Judiciary: Louisiana’s Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says could take cues from others to trim its prison population.

Attorney General: Jeff Landry is seeking to take control of nearly 40 lawsuits related to oil and gas permits and damage to coastal properties.

Workforce: Louisiana’s total nonfarm employment was down by 15,400 jobs in January from a year earlier.

Cleco: Hoping the state’s regulators will change their minds on the $4.9 billion sale of Cleco investors have offered what amounts to a free month of electricity this summer for most of the utility’s customers.

Prisons: Angola employees worked at former warden Burl Cain’s private properties.


The House comes in at 4 p.m. and the Senate comes in at 9 a.m.

Revenue Estimating Conference meets at 10:30 a.m. for an update on the budget picture.

House Committees

  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Insurance meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Education meets at 10 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Natural Resources and Environment meets at 1 p.m. in Room 4.
  • House and Governmental Affairs meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2.
  • Senate Executive Committee meets at 9:45 a.m. in Room F.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to address the National Association of Social Workers Louisiana Conference at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
  • At noon, Edwards will address the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association Annual Meeting at the Old State Capitol.

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