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.
Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 34
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. http://bit.ly/2nLW3kk
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. http://bit.ly/2si1H3t
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. http://bit.ly/2EigW13
Pipeline: Environmentalists have lost another round in court in their continuing fight to stop the Bayou Bridge pipeline project from going forward. http://bit.ly/2s7FoNA
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. http://bit.ly/2E7DVs0
ICYMI: As midterms approach, Louisiana congressmen have reported mostly robust fundraising figures. http://bit.ly/2EjdKCm
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.
.@Barry_Ivey prefiled budget transparency website (@LouisianaCheckbook) bill today: https://t.co/vkmnxl5Avt #lalege Highlights:>Would be run by @LATreasury and require state agencies to provide the info to Treasurer. >Would be paid for by state agencies on pro rata basis— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) February 2, 2018
"Today, coalition members from local chambers of commerce, civic organizations and business associations across the state came together to announce a campaign to open the books on government spending in Louisiana." https://t.co/yfpJc4ZQHT #transparency #lalege #Louisiana— Louisiana Checkbook (@LACheckbook) February 5, 2018
Dr. Alecia Cyprian, CEO and Janice Holland, Outreach and Enrollment and Legislative Liaison meet with District 72 Representative Robbie Carter regarding health center and school-based health center funding. #RedAlert4CHCs #FixTheCliff #lagov #lalege pic.twitter.com/My7iIRueGL— SCHS (@SoutheastCHS) February 5, 2018
Years back a classroom teacher gave me this prayer card. I keep it in my car visor and see it nearly every morning as I leave my house. It’s a powerful prayer and she’s a powerful woman. Thanks for your example and Happy Birthday @FirstLadyOfLA! #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/1ZofSuAnkT— Mary-Patricia Wray (@marypatriciala) February 5, 2018