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.
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 74
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
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.
- Gov. John Bel Edwards will have a news conference at 3:45 p.m. to discuss the first couple of weeks of session.
The Commission presenting Hunter Coleman with a resolution for his heroic actions: pic.twitter.com/KRHJ4XVgGR— La. PSC (@la_psc) March 21, 2018
For get the 1st Monday in September, the Senate is planning Labor Day for the 4th Tuesday in March. #lalege 😎— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) March 21, 2018
New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell is here at Criminal Justice Committee - obviously in support of bill sought by Harrah's for 30-year extension in state operating contract #lalege— Tyler Bridges (@tegbridges) March 21, 2018
Caller just said @LouisianaGov is making strides in Dept of Correx, but then added "you still have a thief down there -- Jimmy LeBlanc." JBE says he doesn't accept the characterization. #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) March 21, 2018