What’s Up With Session Stuff and What It Means for Politics and Stuff

1.) The news: Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking Speaker Taylor Barras and President John Alario to pass a resolution that sets an early or mid-May end date for the regular session, to make way for the year's second special session.

The translation: There are trust issues at the Capitol. So get it in writing.

2.) The news: “As you can imagine, the Louisiana Department of Health is cannibalizing other state departments and state agencies. We have to get ahold of this,” said Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry. (Via Henry’s Facebook)

The translation: The Appropriations leadership, and probably the GOP leadership, has placed a target on LDH. Again. But if they’re serious about cuts, that massive department would be a logical starting point.

3.) The news: "The last session is over. I think everyone here has thick skin, and we're ready to put the people's business over politics. We better," said Rep. Gary Carter. (Via The AP’s Melinda Deslatte)

The translation: Don’t nap on the regular session. The tone seems okay enough right now, but the Capitol-based timeline has a way of warping things. This regular session matters, probably more than many realize. The Legislature and administration are both at a turning point.

4.) The news: “(Secretary of State Tom Schedler) was conspicuously absent Monday afternoon in the House chamber when the governor gave his State of the State speech. He was the only statewide elected official who was missing.” (Via The Advocate’s Tyler Bridges

The translation: The secretary may be trying to ride this out. And as the head dude in charge of elections, there’s a line of thought out there that he should do just that — serve his time, take his lumps and save voters the drama and potential costs.

5.) The news: “Republican state Rep. Kenny Havard resigned his Transportation Committee chairmanship Monday, saying he's frustrated by gridlock in the House.” (Via USA Today’s Greg Hilburn

The translation: All is not well in the House, to the point a lawmaker gave up his gavel to start voting independently. But will others follow suit?

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