Government & Politics

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

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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About Tyler Bridges

Tyler Bridges covers Louisiana politics and public policy for The Lens. He returned to New Orleans in 2012 after spending the previous year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he studied digital journalism. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a reporter for the Miami Herald, where he was twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams while covering state government, the city of Miami and national politics. He also was a foreign correspondent based in South America. Before the Herald, he covered politics for seven years at The Times-Picayune. He is the author of The Rise of David Duke (1994) and Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards (2001). He can be reached at (504) 810-6222.