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Legislative Session, Week 2 (1990)

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: 1990-04-27

Duration: 00:25:41

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1990 | Taxes | Literacy | Lotteries


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Riddick, Winston Interviewee
  • Smith, Dale Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Speaker
  • Ater, Al Interviewee
  • Holden, Kip Interviewee
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Kimball, Clyde Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee
  • Dewitt, Charlie Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee
  • Rombach, John Speaker
  • Kondrup, John Interviewee
  • Stine, Dennis Interviewee
  • Lalonde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Speaker
  • Charbonet, Louis Speaker
  • Lalonde, Raymond Panelist
  • Steimel, Ed Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 27, 1990, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the second week of the 1990 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines, including: an interview with Winston Riddick of the Attorney General’s Office on a bill bailing out the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association; an interview with State Representative Dale Smith on his bill taxing illegal drugs; and a rally on the steps of the State Capitol against the conditions at Lallie Kemp Charity Hospital in Independence. Next, Nachman reports on Governor Buddy Roemer’s tax package, including the opposition to proposed changes to the personal income tax. She interviews: State Representative Raymond Laborde; State Representative Al Ater; State Representative Kip Holden; Mark Drennen, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); State Representative Clyde Kimball; State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn; State Representative Charlie Dewitt; State Representative John Alario; and Governor Roemer. Nachman then reports on the concerns about the cost of the Governor’s proposed Writing to Read program, a literacy program for disadvantaged youth that would require computers at every elementary school by September. Her report includes testimony in the House Appropriations Committee by John Rombach, the Legislative Fiscal Officer. She also interviews John Kondrup, a concerned citizen, and Commissioner of Administration Dennis Stine. Next, Duhe reports on the House Criminal Justice Committee approving a bill creating a State Lottery Commission. His report includes the testimony by Ed Steimel of the Coalition Against a Lottery and Louis Charbonet of the Louisiana Municipal Association. He also interviews State Representatives Raymond Lalonde and John Alario. Lastly, Collins conducts an in-studio interview with State Representative Raymond Lalonde and Ed Steimel of the Coalition Against a Lottery on the lottery bill.