Today in The Rundown: State lawmakers weigh changes to investigating doctors; Senate shoots down assault weapons bill; 'Raise the Age' may be delayed; and more news in Louisiana politics today.
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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 54
Doctors: State lawmakers have been receptive to sweeping changes to how doctors are investigated when accused of misconduct but a national advocacy group has raised red flags. http://bit.ly/2GO6hsO PDF: Here's the letter that D.C.-based Public Citizen has penned to lawmakers voicing concerns: http://bit.ly/2GNQVZq
Juvenile justice: Though four 17-year-olds recently have been raped in adult jails, a Louisiana Senate committee accepted arguments Tuesday that the state simply can’t afford to start the two-year-old law that would put offenders that age into juvenile facilities. http://bit.ly/2v6AwtE
Guns: After a big push from gun rights supporters, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected legislation that would prevent people younger than 21 from purchasing certain firearms deemed "assault weapons." http://bit.ly/2v3KfB1
Transportation: A second push to craft uniform rules for Uber and Lyft, and expand ride-sharing service to rural areas has cleared the House Transportation Committee. http://bit.ly/2EAXF77
Death penalty: Legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Louisiana is advancing to the Senate for consideration. http://bit.ly/2v0YS8g
Baton Rouge: State Rep. Pat Smith has been on a crusade to make the Legislature a more accommodating place to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. http://bit.ly/2GOf51Q
Congress: U.S. Sen. John Kennedy had only a brief questioning window late in the day, but he still managed to lob some of the more direct questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fielded during Tuesday's congressional hearing. http://bit.ly/2EAVu3r
House and Senate convene at 2 p.m.
- Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
- Health and Welfare meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
- Natural Resources and Environment meets at 9 a.m. in Room 4.
- Education meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.
- House and Governmental Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2.
- Health and Welfare meets at 10 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
- Insurance meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
- Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room F.
We were honored to have Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras give an update on the Legislative Session to our State Board members in Baton Rouge this morning. #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/e6gBJfRJ5C— LRA (@LaRestAssoc) April 10, 2018
Connor before his waiver: coma like sleep due to constant respiratory distress and illnesses, admitted to CHNOLA monthly, enrolled in hospice. Connor after his waiver: awake, alert, healthy and happy in his home with his family. Waivers save worthy lives. #lalege #lagov pic.twitter.com/9E3GiyKx08— Katie Corkern (@KatieCorkern) April 10, 2018
On Monday I voted to free the florists, today I voted to free the fishermen, what will I vote to free tomorrow? #lalege #lagov— Raymond Crews (@raymondcrewsla) April 10, 2018
@LATech SGA President, Ben Rice, @LADeltaCC SGA President, Zachary Hitt, and @NichollsState SGA President, Austin Wendt, also testifying during House Appropriations for higher education. >> #ElevateLouisiana pic.twitter.com/2K6EfaHjhD— LA Board of Regents (@LA_Regents) April 10, 2018
Senate has decided to send harassment bills back to S&GA Committee for more work, after panel sent conflicting bills in need of amendments to the floor. #lalege #lagov https://t.co/UNf0bcCqFX— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) April 10, 2018
Some of our committed advocates came from Gonzales and spent 5 hours in #lalege House Appropriations to urge their legislators to support more funding for people who live at home. @AARPLouisiana #liveathome #Louisiana pic.twitter.com/F0wrzlfoPX— Live At Home LA (@LiveAtHomeLA) April 10, 2018
How about making a trip to the Capitol and visiting #lalege #lagov ? https://t.co/ASG3xoxyNK— Greg Hilburn (@GregHilburn1) April 10, 2018
Many news outlets are posting video of Sen. John Neely Kennedy taking Mark Zuckerberg to task, but nobody has mentioned yet that his 2016 campaign spent almost $32,000 with Facebook on “Electronic Media Expense,” likely targeted advertising. #lagov #lalege #lasen pic.twitter.com/AdVIBASOD1— Hashtag Louisiana (@HashtagLaCast) April 11, 2018
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