Legislators will be heading home this afternoon after winding up a light day of work in the Capitol.
The Senate convened at 9 a.m. with only a handful of bills being subject to consideration. After the full Senate adjourns, three Senate committees will meet — Education, Natural Resources and Transportation, Highways and Public Works.
Two House committees are meeting this morning. The Judiciary Committee and the Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee both convened at 9 a.m.
Sen. Dan Claitor’s SB16 would provide for the process of providing the possibility of parole for inmates who were sentenced to life in prison while still a juvenile. The bill was on the Senate calendar for consideration today. Claitor asked that the bill not be brought up during the morning’s 40-minute session.
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that life sentences without benefit of parole for juveniles are unconstitutional. A 2016 ruling by the court also held that the ruling applies retroactively to the states. The court said states could remedy the situation by creating a pathway to parole. Claitor’s bill, which won approval earlier in the week by the Senate Judiciary C committee earlier in the week.
The Restore Louisiana Task Force dealing with the recovery from the floods of 2016 will meet on Friday morning at 9:30 in House Meeting Room 5. The agenda for the meeting will not be released until later today.
The House Appropriations Committee will resume hearings on HB1 on Monday at 9 a.m.
The session must end no later than 6 p.m. on June 8. The legislature is limited to meeting on 45 days in the 60 days between its opening on April 10 and the day of adjournment.