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House member set to leave hospital today

State Rep. Jack Montoucet,  D-Crowley, is scheduled to leave Baton Rouge General Medical Center today, House officials announced Thursday morning.

Montoucet, who was taken to the hospital Wednesday after suffering chest pains, did not experience  a heart attack, officials said.

The lawmaker, who is 68, suffered a heart attack 12 years ago.

Montoucet said Wednesday he was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

“Jack will monitor his heart  with his local doctor,” according to the statement released by the House public information office.

The lawmaker also conveyed his thanks to  those who called and sent text messages.

The Legislature is in its second  special session of the year because of state financial problems, including a $600 million shortfall starting July 1.

 

Louisiana House member taken to hospital

State Rep. Jack Montoucet, D-Crowley, an ally of Gov. John Bel Edwards, was taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center on Picardy Avenue  Wednesday afternoon after complaining of chest pains.

“I am doing good,” Montoucet said in a brief telephone interview.

“They have me on monitors. I was having some chest pains. They brought me in.”

The lawmaker said he had a heart attack 12 years ago.

Montoucet, 68,  said it is unclear whether he will be hospitalized overnight.

The Legislature is in a special session until June 23 grappling  with a $600 million shortfall starting July 1.

 

The Rundown: June 10, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: House signs off on $200M+ in tax revenues; Capital outlay bill heads to the Senate; stripper age bill gets governor’s OK; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until second special session ends: 13

The News 

Capital Outlay: The House signed off on the latest version of the construction budget on Thursday, sending it to the Senate. http://bit.ly/1TYkouS

LA Lege: State Rep. Katrina Jackson is helping organize Amite veledictorian who was banned from his high school’s ceremony because of his facial hair. http://bit.ly/1UpWVT2

History: The state Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places 38 years ago. Check out the nomination forms. http://bit.ly/1UpVQKV

Strippers: Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation that will require dancers at strip clubs be at least 21 years old in Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1RYG4oh

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1.

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June 9 marks anniversary of Louisiana Capitol’s inclusion on National Register; Read the nominating forms

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Louisiana State Capitol. Advocate file photo

Thirty eight years ago today, the Louisiana State Capitol was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Read the documents that helped secure its place in history below.)

The Capitol, constructed in the 1930s under the direction of then-Gov. Huey Long at a cost of $5 million, is the tallest Capitol building in the country at 34 stories and remains the tallest building in Baton Rouge.

The nomination form that secured the Capitol’s place on the National Register plays up Long’s biography and its intersections with the Capitol building that’s now seen as a monument to him.

“He caused the building to be constructed, he was killed within it, and he is buried on its grounds,” the nomination document reads. “For Long the building was a symbol of his goals and a monument to his achievement.”

It also provides in-depth details about the building’s architectural significance.

Read more about the Louisiana Capitol in the nominating forms:  Continue reading

The Rundown: June 9, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: House committee blocks key tax proposal; Medicaid expansion hits nearly 200K in first week; Edwards signs ‘ban the box’ legislation; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until second special session ends: 14

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Languishing magnolias slated to be moved from Capitol to Governor’s Mansion

A pair of magnolia trees will be planted at the Governor’s Mansion after languishing at the Capitol for nearly five months.

The trees, which were brought in in large black nursery pots for Gov. John Bel Edwards’ inaugural ceremony on Jan. 11, were moved to a side yard at the Capitol after the festivities and have remained in there since.

A photo of the trees, dried out, still in the temporary pots and growing increasingly barren, drew attention to them Tuesday evening.

A spokesman for the Governor said on Wednesday that the trees have been evaluated and will be planted at the Governor’s Mansion.

The Rundown: June 8, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: The second special session is underway; House and Senate work to repair relationship; Common Core saga comes to a close — for now; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until second special session ends: 15

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The Rundown: June 7, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Legislature ends one session, begins another; errors corrected in second special; education funding lags; and more. 

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Countdown…
Second special session’s end: 16

The News 

Capital outlay: The drama over the final day of the regular session centered on capital outlay. (HB2). http://bit.ly/1U5jVJB

Gov. Edwards: Replay of Gov. Edwards’ post-session press availability. http://bit.ly/1U5jNts

Special session: It’s not just the budget. Other things that are going on in the special session. http://bit.ly/25J01ZZ

Higher Ed: Former LSU chancellor James Wharton says TOPS is a valuable investment for Louisiana. http://bit.ly/1U5j6k2

Common Core:  the Louisiana House and Senate education committees are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to endorse proposed revisions in the Common Core academic standards. http://bit.ly/1U5kdQw

See all of our coverage of the Louisiana Legislature: http://bit.ly/AdvLALege

Today at the Capitol

House and Senate come in at 9:30 a.m.

  • At 10 a.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses both chambers.
  • Ways and Means meets at 11 a.m. or upon adjournment of the House in Room 6.

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The Rundown: June 6, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers approve a budget ahead of schedule; Clock winds down on regular session as second special session gears up; a new campaign launches to raise awareness of women’s issues in the Capitol; Louisiana preps for medical marijuana; and more.

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Countdown…
The 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 6 p.m. Today
The second special session begins: 6:30 p.m. Today
Second special session’s end: 17

The News 

Budget crunch: Lawmakers approved a budget Sunday, leaving a light list of items to tackle in the final day of the regular session. http://bit.ly/1sZDkm9

Special session: The Legislature begins its second special session at 6:30 p.m. today. http://bit.ly/1tbdlZw

Higher ed: Louisiana voters will decide whether governing boards should set college tuition instead of the Legislature. http://bit.ly/1XvLiAN

Medical marijuana: Louisiana is gearing up to enter the marijuana business. http://bit.ly/1X6dwkS

No joke: Campaign seeks to promote women’s issues in the Legislature, after controversial stripper “joke amendment.” http://bit.ly/1Y1vZyd

ICYMI: Gov. Edwards was candid about friction between himself and AG Jeff Landry. http://bit.ly/1X6e1eF

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Today at the Capitol

House and Senate come in at 9 a.m.

The regular session must end by 6 p.m.

The second special session begins at 6:30 p.m.

Gov. Edwards’ schedule

  • The governor will meet with reporters after the end of the regular session.

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The Rundown: June 1, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Medicaid expansion enrollment kicks off; Budget advances — but with many questions; Juvenile justice bill heads to governor; toll roads could be ahead; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 5
Days until the second special session begins: 5
Second special session’s end: 22

The News 

Medicaid expansion: Louisiana is the first state in the country to use SNAP to help sign up its new Medicaid expansion population. http://bit.ly/1sJ0HjN

Budget crunch: Gov. Edwards says that the Senate version of the budget bill heading to the floor today is better than the House version but finances remain “a bit of a mess” ahead of the second special session. http://bit.ly/1TWFZHC

Texting & Driving: Penalties could grow for disobeying state laws that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers. http://bit.ly/1sKhPpg

Juvenile Justice: Inmates sentenced to life in prison as juveniles could get an opportunity to receive a parole hearings under a proposal the Legislature has approved. http://bit.ly/1WXSqEZ

Med Ed: Louisiana’s deep, persistent budget troubles are endangering the future of medical training programs. http://bit.ly/1ZbUhnF

Transportation: The head of the state Department of Transportation and Development says Louisiana should consider tolls as an option to finance major road projects. http://bit.ly/1sKhFhJ

Physical therapists: Patients would have direct access to physical therapists under a bill that is heading to the governor. http://bit.ly/1sKhNh4

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Today at the Capitol

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m., and the House comes in at 1 p.m.

House Committees

  • Ways and Means meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Education meets at 11 a.m. in Room 1.
  • House and Governmental Affairs meets at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2.

Senate Committes

  • Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 8 a.m. in Room F.
  • Finance meets Upon Adjournment in Room A-B.

Gov. Edwards’ schedule

  • 9 a.m. State of the Coast Conference at Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
  • 10 a.m. Hurricane Preparedness and Public Safety Press Conference at the Port of New Orleans
  • 11 a.m. Medicaid Expansion Kick Off Event at University Medical Center in New Orleans.

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