Live blog: Jindal opens legislative session with address to both houses Monday

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Gov. Bobby Jindal will open the 2014 legislative session Monday with a speech at 1:15 p.m. to the state Legislature. It will be Jindal’s seventh legislative session.

I’ll live blog his address here.

The governor has not shown an appetite for tackling major issues this year, as The Lens reported two weeks ago. On Friday, Jindal did announce plans to restrict Louisiana’s already-tight abortion laws, a move that will win him points among the national conservatives he is wooing.

Jindal has stepped up his travel outside of Louisiana in what U.S. Sen David Vitter and national commentators say is a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

On Thursday, he told the Conservative Political Action Caucus: “It is no longer fair to say he [Jimmy Carter] was the worst president of this great country in my lifetime. President Obama has proven me wrong,”

On March 14, Jindal will speak in Nashua, N.H., to the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference.

In his opening address last year, Jindal announced he was shelving his effort to eliminate Louisiana’s income tax. He spent much of the session on the defensive as budget conservatives known as the Fiscal Hawks assailed his spending plans.

This year’s session ends on June 2.

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