Today in The Rundown: NFIP brings House Dems and GOP together; collection of online sales taxes will take longer than expected; JBE launches teachers roundtable tour; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until election day: 121
Taxes: Putting together the software necessary to collect taxes on internet sales is taking longer than expected, so legislation sitting on the governor’s desk would extend by a year the drop-dead date for the state commission to gather the exact local taxes from out-of-state retailers. http://bit.ly/2IEhT3N
NFIP: House Democrats and Republicans came together Wednesday to praise a proposed five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program — a rare display of bipartisanship in a chamber normally fractured along party lines. http://bit.ly/2IxUQHS
LAGov: Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold the first in a series of round-table discussions with public school teachers and support staff after the Legislature approved his $101 million pay raise plan. http://bit.ly/2IQNkYX
NOLA: New Orleans has dramatically downsized its jail population and reduced the use of cash bail over the past decade — and now a coalition of advocacy groups wants the city to go even further. http://bit.ly/2ICafaf
Church arson: The suspect accused of burning three historically black St. Landry churches in a 10-day span, has been charged with hate crimes and other charges by a federal grand jury. http://bit.ly/2IaoST4
Health care: Louisiana's expansion of Medicaid three years ago — leading to about half a million people getting coverage — has made the state an outlier on insurance coverage. http://bit.ly/2IEViE5
OLOL: John Paul Funes, the former head of the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, made his first federal court appearance since being charged by federal prosecutors and said he understood that he's facing charges of wire fraud and money laundering. http://bit.ly/2IHWab1
Tourism: A highway marker unveiled six months ago to honor blues singer-guitarist Buddy Guy, who was on hand at the ceremony to see his name added to the Mississippi Blues Trail, has gone missing after being knocked down by a car last month and the Pointe Coupee Parish Tourist Commission wants the marker back. http://bit.ly/2IEKsxZ
- Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a hurricane preparedness press conference with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and state officials at the 17th Street Canal Pump Station at 10 a.m.
- On the campaign side, JBE will host a conversation with local teachers and support staff Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School Library at 3:30 p.m.
Grateful to provide #lalege update at @NOLAChamber. This session was good, not great. Takeaway: La is at a crossroad where we could cont’ moving toward measured growth, or just as easily, backwards. It will take all our active participation to keep moving in the right direction. pic.twitter.com/oTroXjCdXW— JP Morrell (@JPMorrell) June 12, 2019
Sounds like a productive meeting in McConnell's office between the administration and GOP Senate appropriators:"There was no agreement on anything." -- @SenJohnKennedy— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) June 12, 2019
Louisiana is the state that most recently expanded Medicaid through executive action. It hasn't faced legal challenges or serious reversal attempts from the Legislature. #lalege #lagov https://t.co/4W8QYyAEnV— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) June 12, 2019
Phil Knight addresses participants re Constitutional drafting from 8 nations at Day 3 of @TulaneLaw’s International Legislarive Drafting Institute. He has developed Consts for Kenya, Fiji and South Africa. 👏 #lalege pic.twitter.com/dPx2Tsh3uI— Mary-Patricia Wray (@marypatriciala) June 12, 2019
.@BuzzFeedNews on @KamalaHarris' network of AKAs mobilizing for her in the South: https://t.co/JHqjgwj6DfHarris spoke at Alpha Kappa Alpha regional conference in New Orleans in April. @EdwardTedJames, now co-chair of her Louisiana campaign, intro'd her. #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) June 12, 2019
US House rejected 2 calls today from Republicans to adjourn. Move is mostly symbolic response to border funding issues. Louisiana voted...For adjourning: @RepAbraham @MikeJohnson @SteveScalise Against:@RepGarretGraves @RepRichmond Split: @RepClayHiggins #lalege #lagov— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) June 12, 2019
Pictured: boss ‘16 @GiffBriggs & boss ‘19 @stephenwags* crashing the new office - lucky to have such rockstar mentors and sweet friends! #selfiesfordays @LaOilGasAssoc @LABI_biz #lalege *excited my whole name fit on the nameplate. https://t.co/lxz2FHRo5F— Camille Ivy-ODonnell (@Camille_IvyOD) June 12, 2019
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