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Louisiana State Capitol

Today in The Rundown: New Orleans news, Corps of Engineering advice, Equal Rights Amendment and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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The Countdown…

Days until the session must end: 28

Days until election day: 154

The News

Congress: Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, with two Louisiana congressmen illustrating the escalating partisan battle between Democrats and Republicans over access to a report produced after a two-year investigation into the 2016 election.

Floods: Louisiana took attention during a hearing on the Corps of Engineers on Wednesday thanks to recent catastrophes.

Abuse: The State Senate wants to curb jailing alleged victims of sexual assault or domestic violence who are reluctant or unwilling to testify against their attackers.

Equal Rights: The state Senate has killed a proposal to make Louisiana the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a decades-old effort to enshrine in the U.S. Constitution language giving equality to men and women.

New Orleans: A multi-sided deal crafted by Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the New Orleans hospitality industry to help solve the city's road and drainage woes have easily cleared a key hurdle in Baton Rouge.

Happening today

At the Capitol

  • House comes in at 9 am. and the Senate convenes at 9 a.m.

House Committees

  • None! It's budget day in the chamber. 

Senate Committees

  • Finance meets at 1 p.m. in Room A-B.
  • 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. Edwards will join South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon for an economic development event in Lake Charles at 10:30 a.m. in Lake Charles.
  • At 4 p.m. JBE will hold a news conference update on the legislative session.
  • At 8 p.m. JBE and first lady Donna Edwards are scheduled to attend LPB’s Louisiana Legends Awards Gala.

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Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent

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