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Pelican logo in front of the State Capital Building Monday May 7, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.

Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers brawl at the bar as session winds down; construction budget advances; Harrah's deal moves forward; bills on hazing, abortion and school prayer close to becoming law; and more news in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the ~targeted~ end to the regular session: 1

Days until the special session begins: 5

Days until the 2018 special session must end: 18

The News

Casinos: The bill to extend the contract for Harrah's New Orleans passed a critical step on Wednesday.

Capitol relations: Two state lawmakers got into a fist fight in a downtown Baton Rouge bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, both admitted hours later in their respective chambers, apologizing to other members, their constituents and each other.

Capital outlay: Louisiana senators have advanced legislation that outlines the state's priority construction projects for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Voting rights: Louisiana is one step closer to restoring voting rights to thousands of people convicted of felonies who are on probation or parole, after a years-long effort at the State Capitol got a jolt of momentum last week.

Hazing: Louisiana will likely soon have harsher criminal penalties for those convicted of hazing, following last fall's death of an LSU freshman fraternity pledge.

Abortion: A proposed 15-week ban on abortion in Louisiana is heading to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who says he's "inclined" to sign the bill.

Granny cam bill: Family members or friends will be able to keep an eye on their loved ones who live in nursing homes by watching them on surveillance cameras, under a new law that is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature.

Schools: Legislation to allow teachers to take part in school prayer is nearing final passage.

Environment: Scientists, engineers and policymakers gathered in Baton Rouge this week for the inaugural Ten Across – or 10X – Conference to talk about water issues that affect their communities.

Flood recovery: Flood-affected homeowners are being urged to apply for the Restore Louisiana program ahead of a July 20 deadline.

Elections: Republican Rep. Julie Stokes, who dropped a bid for treasurer last year after she was diagnosed with cancer, has entered the race for Secretary of State.

Congress: After weighing the decision for months, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy joined U.S. Senate Democrats in passing a measure Wednesday to restore Obama-era “net neutrality” internet rules.

Happening today

House comes in at 9 a.m. (Agenda:, and the Senate convenes at 9 a.m. (Agenda: 

  • State Bond Commission meets at 8 a.m. in Room A-B.

House Committees 

  • Education meets at noon in Room 1.

Senate Committees 

  • Senate and Governmental Affairs meets upon Senate recess in Room F.

Governor's schedule

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will speak at the Infrastructure Week Southeastern Summit at 10 a.m. at the Port Authority Auditorium in New Orleans.

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