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Legislative Session, Week 4 (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: 1991-05-10

Duration: 00:28:26

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1991 | TEACHER EVALUATIONS | Education | Louisiana. Office of State Police


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Goodman, Tom Interviewee
  • Bartlett, Terri Interviewee
  • Nugent, Gary Speaker
  • Skelton, Fred Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Lofton, Glenda Interviewee
  • Walker, Susan Interviewee
  • Stevens, Cozette Interviewee
  • Booth, Joseph Speaker
  • Adams, Pete Speaker
  • Garrity, Robert Speaker
  • Hughes, Stanley Interviewee
  • Morrow, Tony Interviewee
  • Huntley, Ann Interviewee
  • Katner, David Interviewee
  • Mule, Salvador Speaker
  • Konrad, Nancy Interviewee
  • McGough, Lucy Interviewee
  • Nelson, Sydney Interviewee
  • Guste, William Speaker
  • Wagoner, Hunter Speaker
  • Reilly, Sean Interviewee
  • Broussard, Aaron Interviewee
  • Mowad, George Interviewee
  • McHugh, Tom Ed Interviewee
  • Jackson, Alphonse Interviewee
  • Thompson, Francis Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 10, 1991, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the fourth week of the 1991 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines, including interviews with Tom Goodman of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and Terri Bartlett of Louisiana Planned Parenthood on the abortion bills that passed out of committee. Duhe then reports on teachers rallying on the steps of the state capitol against the Roemer Administration’s teacher evaluation system, including highlights of the speech by Gary Nugent of the Rapides Parish Louisiana Federation of Teachers. Duhe also visits Tunica Hills Elementary to see the teacher evaluation system in action. He interviews: Fred Skelton of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers; Victor Bussie of the Louisiana AFL-CIO; Glenda Lofton, LaTEP program coordinator; Susan Walker, teacher; and Cozette Stevens, teacher. Next, Nachman reports on a constitutional amendment allowing the Louisiana State Police to set up violation checkpoints. Her report includes: highlights of the testimony by Lieutenant Joseph Booth of the Louisiana State Police and Pete Adams of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association; State Representative Robert Garrity questioning the bill; and an interview with Lieutenant Stanley Hughes of the Louisiana State Police. Duhe then reports on the new Louisiana Children’s Code, including highlights of the testimony by Judge Salvador Mule. He also interviews: Tony Morrow and Ann Huntley, Tulane law students; David Katner of the Tulane Law Clinic; Judge Nancy Konrad; and Lucy McGough, law professor. Lastly, Nachman reports on the other headlines at the session, including: an interview with State Senator Sydney Nelson on his bill making it illegal for minors to purchase tobacco products; Attorney General William Guste and Commissioner of Insurance Hunter Wagoner testifying on a bill giving the Attorney General’s Office more oversight of the Department of Insurance; an interview with State Representative Sean Reilly on a bill requiring local sales taxes to be collected by a single tax collector in each parish; interviews with Kenner Mayor Aaron Broussard, Oakdale Mayor George Mowad, and Baton Rouge Mayor Tom Ed McHugh on a bill changing the local sales tax rate for vending machines; and interviews with State Representatives Alphonse Jackson and Francis Thompson on bills requiring a waiting period to purchase a handgun.