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In the House Criminal Justice Committee, Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, presents a bill to increase criminal penalties for hazing related to the death of Max Gruver at LSU Wednesday March 21, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Max Gruver's parents, Stephen Gruver, Rae Ann Gruver and District Attorney Hillar Moore III are also at the table to testify on the bill.

Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers advance anti-hazing legislation after emotional testimony; A bill sought by Harrah's New Orleans; Sexual harassment legislation passes another hurdle; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 74

The News

Hazing: The family of Max Gruver testified in favor of legislation that would increase criminal penalties for hazing. http://bit.ly/2FNTdqS

Gaming: A House panel signed off on legislation sought by Harrah's for its New Orleans casino. http://bit.ly/2DLppoR

Sexual harassment: The Louisiana House approved Wednesday evening a bill that sets up how the state and local government would handle sexual harassment claims. http://bit.ly/2FY9yFr

Abortion: Gov. John Bel Edwards says he 'would be inclined to sign' legislation that would prohibit abortion past 15 weeks of pregnancy in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/2G9QFCW

Prescription drugs: Pharmacists would be allowed to tell their customers how much prescriptions actually cost – and if the drugs could be found cheaper – under a bill that took its first legislative step Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2FRCiUk

Elections: Jefferson Parish politics has spilled over into the State Capitol with new accusations of a "quid pro quo" arrangement lodged in the sheriff's race. http://bit.ly/2puuFJm

Happening today

The Senate comes in at 9 a.m., and the House convenes at 1 p.m.

House committee hearings

  • Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Education meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.

Senate committee hearings

  • Education meets upon adjournment in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Local and Municipal Affairs meets upon adjournment in Room F.
  • Natural Resources meets upon adjournment in Room A-B.
  • Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets upon adjournment in Room E.

Governor's schedule

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will have a news conference at 3:45 p.m. to discuss the first couple of weeks of session.

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