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Legislative Session, Week 4 (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: 1990-05-11

Duration: 00:27:11

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1990 | Local governments | Nunez, Samuel B., Jr. | Oyster fisheries


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Sanchez, Belinda Speaker
  • Jones, Charles D. Interviewee
  • Jefferson, William Speaker
  • Jumonville, J.E. Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Speaker
  • Bares, Allen Speaker
  • Nunez, Sammy Speaker
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Stine, Dennis Interviewee
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Voisin, Mike Interviewee
  • Bankston, Larry Interviewee
  • Pierson, Mary Olive Interviewee
  • Van Sickle, Virginia Interviewee
  • Tesvich, John Interviewee
  • Chabert, Leonard Interviewee
  • Kelly, Max Interviewee
  • Sampite, Joe Interviewee
  • Taylor, Toye Interviewee
  • Lee, Harold Interviewee
  • Autin, Jervis Interviewee
  • Kalil, Joe Interviewee
  • Mills, P.J. Interviewee
  • Duhe, Teddy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 11, 1990, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the fourth week of the 1990 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines, including Belinda Sanchez, the wife of a cancer victim, testifying in favor of a bill subsidizing high risk insurance rates and an interview with State Representative Charles D. Jones on a bill aimed at ending youth gangs and demolishing crack houses. Next, Nachman reports on the Senate’s historic ousting of Senate President Allen Bares and the election of Sammy Nunez, the first time that a Senate President has been removed during a legislative session. Her report includes highlights of the speeches on the Senate floor, including State Senator William Jefferson, State Senator J.E. Jumonville, State Senator John Hainkel, State Senator Allen Bares, and State Senator Sammy Nunez. She also interviews Governor Buddy Roemer, former Governor Edwin Edwards, and Mark Drennen, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR). Nachman also reports on the unraveling of Governor Roemer’s tax package in the House Ways and Means Committee. Her report includes highlights of Governor Roemer testifying before the committee. She also interviews State Representative John Alario and Commissioner of Administration Dennis Stine. Duhe then reports on a bill opening up the state’s oyster leases to a public bidding process. He interviews: Mike Voisin, an oyster fisherman from Galliano; State Senator Larry Bankston; Mary Olive Pierson, attorney; Secretary Virginia Van Sickle of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF); John Tesvich, an oyster fisherman from Empire; and State Senator Leonard Chabert. Next, Duhe reports on the priorities of the Louisiana Municipal Association. He interviews: Mayor Max Kelly of Winnfield; Mayor Joe Sampite of Natchitoches; Mayor Toye Taylor of Bogalusa; Mayor Harold Lee of Haughton; Mayor Jervis Autin of Golden Meadow; Mayor Joe Kalil of Rayville; P.J. Mills, the Governor’s chief of staff; and Mayor-President Teddy Duhe of Terrebonne Parish. Lastly, Collins reports on the death of author Walker Percy.