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Legislative Session, Week 6 (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: 1990-05-25

Duration: 00:25:15

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1990 | STATE BUDGET | Lotteries | Welfare | Louisiana. Legislature


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Roach, Randy Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Bella, V.J. Interviewee
  • Rombach, John Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Speaker
  • Alario, John Speaker
  • Ward, Ken Speaker
  • Windhorst, Fritz Speaker
  • Bajoie, Diana Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Nunez, Sammy Speaker
  • Jefferson, William Speaker
  • Bagert, Ben Speaker
  • Johnson, Jon Speaker
  • Hitt, Carolyn Interviewee
  • Duke, David Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Interviewee
  • Prudhomme, Mary Louise Interviewee
  • Courtney, Bob Interviewee
  • Glockner, Connie Interviewee
  • Cochran, Steve Interviewee
  • Jordan, Ann Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 25, 1990, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the sixth week of the 1990 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines. Next, Nachman reports on the House Appropriations Committee passing the state budget out of committee with budget cuts. She interviews: State Representative Randy Roach; State Representative John Alario; State Representative Raymond Laborde; State Representative V.J. Bella; and John Rombach of the Legislative Fiscal Office. Duhe then reports on the House floor debate on a bill creating a statewide lottery and the Senate Judiciary Committee approving a different lottery bill. His report includes: highlights of State Representatives Peppi Bruneau and John Alario debating the bill on the House floor; Ken Ward of the Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation testifying against the Senate bill; State Senator Fritz Windhorst discussing his support for letting the people vote on the lottery; an interview with State Representative Diana Bajoie; Governor Buddy Roemer discussing the lottery proposals at a press conference; and an interview with State Representative Alario. Next, Nachman reports on Senate President Sammy Nunez announcing an action plan to help the Senate become more proactive in setting the legislative agenda. Her report includes comments by Nunez and State Senator William Jefferson. Duhe then reports on the Senate passing a welfare reform bill. His report includes: State Senator Ben Bagert, the bill’s sponsor, testifying on the bill in committee; State Senator Jon Johnson questioning Bagert; an interview with Carolyn Hitt, the jobs program director at the Louisiana Department of Social Services; and an interview with State Representative David Duke. Next, Nachman reports on some of the education reform bills under consideration. Her report includes an interview with State Representative Peppi Bruneau on a bill creating a school voucher system and comments by Governor Roemer on the attempts to delay the new teacher evaluation system. Duhe then reports on the other legislative news, including: an interview with State Representative Bruneau on a bill moving up the session start date by two weeks; interviews with Mary Louise Prudhomme, a volunteer at the Old State Capitol, and Bob Courtney of the Secretary of State’s Office on a bill moving the Old State Capitol from the state museum system to the Secretary of State’s Office; and interviews with Connie Glockner, crabber, Steve Cochran of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Commission, and Ann Jordan, a shell dredging spokesperson, on a bill banning clam shell scooping.