The Clarion-Ledger, 2/13/9

Legislation for a pilot sex education program in some public schools survived a key deadline Thursday as did measures to strengthen the state’s ability to intervene in failing school districts and tax hospitals to help pay for Medicaid.

Election reform and property-rights measures also survived the deadline for original floor action on general bills and constitutional amendments originating in each chamber.

But other measures died as lawmakers continued weeding through hundreds of bills filed in the 2009 regular legislative session. The 90-day session ends in April.

Some of the bills that died would have tightened restrictions on lobbyists and shortened the wait time for public records. A measure that could have forced utility companies to pay for independent audits also failed.