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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: Conflicts of interest, kids' testimony and officer-involved shootings: Here's what's happening in Louisiana politics today.

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Countdown…

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 52

The News

LaLege Conflicts: The first in an Advocate+ProPublica series on conflicts of interest. Read about how state financial disclosure reporting laws appear to be easy to circumvent. http://bit.ly/2Hwl78u

Session: Instead of the $994M cliff the state was facing in the budget for the coming year, it may be about a $650M cliff, thanks to the latest state estimate. http://bit.ly/2GVXyZR

Congress: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is hitting fundraising records months into 2018 and as talk of a possible speaker bid heats up. http://bit.ly/2v6602U

School safety: A leader of the Louisiana House said Thursday he may push for a change in legislative rules after the chairman of a House committee blocked testimony from a young student who vainly pleaded to be heard. http://bit.ly/2JBUkYZ

Sterling: The Legislature may form a task force to study officer-involved shootings and whether the state needs any laws to guide how they are handled – a direct response to the recent outcome of the investigation into the death of Alton Sterling. http://bit.ly/2JIxRJN

Happening today 

House convenes at 11 a.m.

House Committees

  • Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs meets at 8:30 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Judiciary meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1.
  • Labor and Industrial Relations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
  • Retirement meets at 9 a.m. in Room 4.

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