Today in The Rundown: Senate approves Wendy Vitter's lifetime appointment to the federal bench; local minimum wage effort shot down; Cassidy joins bipartisan group to address surprise medical bills; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics.
Days until the session must end: 20
Days until election day: 146
Congress: Wendy Vitter is set to take on a lifetime federal judicial seat based in New Orleans. http://bit.ly/2JpnygO
Minimum wage: An effort backed by labor leaders and nonprofits that would let cities in Louisiana set their own minimum wage was shot down Thursday after a lengthy debate over whether the state is overreaching by preempting locals on wage and paid leave issues. http://bit.ly/2VtT7rx
AirBNB: A State Senate panel approves short-term rental tax hike for New Orleans. http://bit.ly/2VuAt2y
Health care: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is leading a bipartisan effort aimed at ending surprise medical bills. http://bit.ly/2JI0hWR
Abortion: U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says he would support the U.S. Supreme Court revisiting the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. http://bit.ly/2Jo7GLF
Money: Gov. John Bel Edwards is opposing legislation being pushed by Treasurer John Schroder that would create a fund for unclaimed property aimed at helping localities pay for infrastructure projects. http://bit.ly/2Vw0ZJ9
At the Capitol
- House and Senate are gone until Monday.
- Finance meets at 9 a.m. in Room A-B.
The #Louisiana State Capitol in #BatonRouge was dedicated #OnThisDay in 1932. See a 1982 @lpborg story commemorating the 50th anniversary here: https://t.co/bGMOV6xZoB #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/Fjqhl2OHRu— LDMA (@LDMArchive) May 16, 2019
Had a great time last night hearing former Speaker Bubba Henry and the CC73 delegates reminisce about drafting the state’s charter. You can learn a lot from listening to these political legends. #LaLege #LaGov pic.twitter.com/xWwdnjnVP5— Mitch Rabalais (@MitchRabalais) May 16, 2019
Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent
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