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Legislative Session, Week 2 (1991)

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: 1991-04-26

Duration: 00:28:17

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1991 | Abortion | Democratic Party (La.) | Lotteries | Tax reform


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee
  • Osterberger, Ken Interviewee
  • Guste, William Speaker
  • Bares, Allen Interviewee
  • Gerwin, Leslie Interviewee
  • Begneaud, Wallace Interviewee
  • Uddo, Basile Interviewee
  • Devlin, John Interviewee
  • Bartlett, Terri Interviewee
  • Breaux, John Interviewee
  • Broussard, Aaron Interviewee
  • Bankston, Jesse Interviewee
  • Clinton, Bill Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mary Interviewee
  • Brady, Jim Interviewee
  • Carter, Ken Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Lalonde, Raymond Interviewee
  • St. Raymond, James Interviewee
  • Dastugue, Quentin Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Jones, Charles R. Interviewee
  • Hebert, Dennis Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 26, 1991, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the second week of the 1991 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines. These stories include: an interview with Governor Buddy Roemer on the death of State Senator Jack Doland at age 63; an interview with State Senator Ken Osterberger on his decision to retire; Attorney General William Guste discussing his plan to petition the United States Supreme Court in order to be named as the official legal representative for the State of Louisiana in the college desegregation case; and Governor Roemer signing the oil spill response bill into law. Duhe then reports on the abortion bills under consideration at the session and the split between pro-life factions on the bills. He interviews: State Senator Allen Bares; Leslie Gerwin of the Coalition for Reproductive Freedom; Dr. Wallace Begneaud, obstetrician; Basile Uddo of the Loyola School of Law; John Devlin of the LSU School of Law; and Terri Bartlett of Louisiana Planned Parenthood. Next, Nachman reports on a meeting of the new Louisiana Democratic Leadership Council in Baton Rouge. She interviews: United States Senator John Breaux; Kenner Mayor Aaron Broussard; Jesse Bankston of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton; State Treasurer Mary Landrieu; Jim Brady of the Louisiana Democratic Party; and Ken Carter, Orleans Parish Tax Assessor. Duhe then reports on the bills aimed at regulating the state lottery. He interviews: State Representative John Alario; State Representative Raymond Lalonde; State Representative James St. Raymond; and State Representative Quentin Dastugue. Lastly, Nachman reports on the renewed calls for tax reform following the state’s low ranking on an economic report card put together by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. It includes highlights of a press conference with Governor Roemer. She also interviews: Mark Drennen of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); State Representative Charles R. Jones; State Representative Dennis Hebert; and State Representative John Alario.