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Special Session, Week 1 (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-12-05

Duration: 00:17:00

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1986 | Louisiana. Legislature | Lotteries | STATE BUDGET | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Politics | Government


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Roedts, Lynda Reporter
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee
  • Adley, Robert Interviewee
  • Turnley, Richard Interviewee
  • Thompson, Francis Interviewee
  • Leach, Buddy Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Hudson, Tommy Interviewee
  • Bella, V.J. Speaker


This segment from the December 5, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Lynda Roedts’ report on the first week of the 1986 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Her report includes: highlights of Governor Edwin Edwards’ opening address to the session; interviews with State Representative Manny Fernandez, State Representative Robert Adley,and State Senator Richard Turnley on the proposal to take away an additional cent of the sales tax exemption on food, drugs, gasoline, and utilities; interviews with State Representative Francis Thompson, State Representative Buddy Leach, and State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn on the state lottery proposal; and an interview with State Representative Raymond Laborde on the proposed revenue raising measures. Next, Rob Hinton interviews Speaker of the House John Alario and Senate President Pro Tempore Tommy Hudson, who discuss their outlook for the session and the state budget deficit. Lastly, Hinton presents highlights of State Representative V.J. Bella on the House floor asking for the gambling bills to be moved from the House Ways and Means Committee to the House Criminal Justice Committee.