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Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state Capitol building in Baton Rouge.

Today in The Rundown: The latest in state budget negotiations; a new way to finance the Comite River flooding project; a deeper look at the impact of criminal justice reform efforts; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 34

The News

Budget: A group of legislators are calling on Gov. John Bel Edwards to make the special session call, even if there is no deal with House leaders.

Comite: State Treasurer John Schroder says he is engaged in discussions on the merits of U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's proposal to help finance the Comite River Diversion Canal by cashing unclaimed stocks and mutual funds held by the state.

Criminal justice reform: The state's sentencing changes have given nonviolent, non-sex-crime offenders a shot to be released from prison early. The Advocate followed four of them as they re-entered society.

Pipeline: Environmentalists have lost another round in court in their continuing fight to stop the Bayou Bridge pipeline project from going forward.

Attorney General: State Attorney General Jeff Landry is appointing one of his office's lawyers to represent Louisiana's contractor licensing board, rather than allow a former state senator to continue doing the work.

ICYMI: As midterms approach, Louisiana congressmen have reported mostly robust fundraising figures.

Happening this week


  • Joint Select Committee on Homeland Security meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards takes part in a news conference to raise awareness about health care issues at 10 a.m.


  • LaSTEM Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in the Claiborne Building.
  • TOPS Task Force meets at 9 a.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Senate Judiciary B meets at 9:15 a.m. in Lake Charles.
  • Task Force on Coordination of Medicaid Fraud Detection & Prevention Initiatives meets at 9 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2.

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