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Welcoming springlike weather, blooming azaleas add a pop of color to the Capitol Gardens dressing up the new State Capitol Building Thursday March 8, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. The ice blue sky and beautiful weather may be the calm before a stormy legislative session that begins at high noon on Monday.

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

The News

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.  PDF: Here's the letter that D.C.-based Public Citizen has penned to lawmakers voicing concerns:

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.

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."

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.

Death penalty: Legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Louisiana is advancing to the Senate for consideration.

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.

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.

Happening today 

House and Senate convene at 2 p.m.

House Committees 

  • 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.

Senate Committees 

  • 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.

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