Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards inauguration and transition costs are in; Legislators express condolences for slain former Saints player; Capitol recognizes Equal Pay Day; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 55

The News

Inauguration: Gov. Edwards’ inauguration and transition cost about $1.1 million in private dollars collected through donations. The governor didn’t take $60,000 in taxpayer dollars that could have gone toward the expenses.

Saints: The state House and Senate each observed a moment of silence for slain former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith.

Equal Pay Day: The Louisiana chapter of the American Association of University Women will sell brownies and cookies to women at the State Capitol on Tuesday for a 35-cent discount to commemorate the national Equal Pay Day.

Retirees: A cost-of-living increase for state retirees cleared its second legislative hurdle Monday and can now be presented to the full Louisiana Senate for a vote.

Capitol security: The Capitol security project is done, coming in at about $2.4M more than initially budgeted.

Louisiana survey: Most Louisiana residents think the United States economic structure unfairly favors the wealthy, but the public is deeply divided over how the state should try to help the poor, a newly released survey has found.

Health care: After the closure of two emergency rooms in North Baton Rouge, average trips to the emergency room for some residents have gotten two minutes longer.

Exotic dancers: A bill that would require strippers be at least 21 in Louisiana is heading to the House.

Kennedy: A bill that could unseat State Treasurer John Kennedy as the chairman of the State Bond Commission advanced through a Louisiana Senate committee Monday, despite objections from Kennedy’s staff.

Taxes: A technical issue in the new sales tax hike legislation could allow the Saints to leave New Orleans.

ICYMI: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and GOP Chairman Roger Villere have been working to recruit an unlikely Iraq-to-Louisiana business — without telling Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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Today at the Capitol

House and Senate both convene at 2 p.m.

House Committees

  • Appropriations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Civil Law and Procedure meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Commerce meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Transportation, Highways, and Public Works meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Ways and Means meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Judiciary B meets at 9 a.m. in Room E.
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room C.
  • Judiciary C meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room F.
  • Judiciary A meets at 10 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • 7:30 a.m. Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast at the Marriot Baton Rouge.
  • 9 a.m. House Appropriations Committee Meeting.
  • 11 a.m. Equal Pay Day Luncheon at the Capitol (will be streamed at
  • Press Conference after luncheon.

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