With future of Louisiana higher education threatened, lawmakers sift through filed bills seeking deficit plug _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Work crews install street lights in the new parking area on the east side of the State Capitol building Thursday in preparation for the opening of the Legislative session Monday. The lot in front will be gated and administered by guards in the small buildings like the one at left.

Today in The Rundown: There is less than a month until session must end and there is no agreement to end it early for a special session. Here's everything you need to know to catch up.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 28

The News

Juries: A bill that would make it harder to determine how jurors voted in Louisiana criminal trials is moving at the Capitol. http://bit.ly/2KCkcV7f

Gambling: Representatives of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino are now offering an upfront payment of $21 million to the city and state to try to smooth passage of legislation sought by the casino company that is facing unexpected political headwinds. http://bit.ly/2rqE9ph

Schools: Legislation touted as a way to protect teachers from harassment and coercion has been killed amid heavy criticism from teacher unions. http://bit.ly/2JYPrJ2

Water: Fifty-eight percent of the wells, filters, pumps and pipes that deliver drinking water to the people of Louisiana is more than a half-century old. Here's what's happening to address that. http://bit.ly/2JYPrJ2

Congress: The federal farm bill is under fire over proposals to stiffen work requirements for food stamp recipients. http://bit.ly/2K0YDg1

Happening today

House comes in at 2 p.m. (Agenda: bit.ly/LAHouseOrder), and the Senate convenes at 4 p.m. (Agenda: bit.ly/LASenateDigest). 

House Committees 

  • Appropriations meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Civil Law and Procedure meets at 10 a.m. in Room 4.
  • Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets at 10 a.m. in Room 3.

Senate Committees

  • Finance meets at 8 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • Retirement meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room E.
  • Revenue and Fiscal Affairs meets at 1:30 p.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.

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