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Legislative Session, Week 5 (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: 1991-05-17

Duration: 00:27:15

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1991 | STATE BUDGET | Abortion | Term limits (Public office)


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee
  • Rombach, John Interviewee
  • Adley, Robert Interviewee
  • Smith, J.R. Interviewee
  • Martin, James Interviewee
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Theriot, Sam Speaker
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • McDade, Sandy Interviewee
  • Theriot, Sam Interviewee
  • Bartlett, Terri Interviewee
  • Bagert, Ben Interviewee
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee
  • Cosper, Sammie Interviewee
  • Montgomery, Billy Interviewee
  • Jones, Charles D. Speaker
  • Garrity, Robert Speaker
  • Miller, Ralph Interviewee
  • Schexnaydre, Peggy Interviewee
  • Ramsey, Dave Interviewee
  • Eley, Hugh Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 17, 1991, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the fifth week of the 1991 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines, including the return of more troops from Operation Desert Storm. Nachman then reports on the status of the state budget. She interviews: Governor Buddy Roemer; John Rombach of the Legislative Fiscal Office; State Representative Robert Adley; State Representative J.R. Smith; State Representative James Martin; and State Representative Bo Ackal. Next, Duhe reports on the House passing two anti-abortion bills. His report includes highlights of State Representatives Sam Theriot and Woody Jenkins presenting their separate bills on the House floor. He also interviews: Sandy McDade of the Eagle Forum; Representative Theriot; and Terri Bartlett of Louisiana Planned Parenthood. Nachman then interviews State Senator Ben Bagert and Senate President Sammy Nunez, who discuss their differing views on the proposed bills creating term limits for elected officials. Lastly, Duhe reports on the session’s other headlines, including: an interview with Dr. Sammie Cosper of the Board of Regents on a bill changing the responsibilities of the state’s higher education boards; an interview with State Senator Ben Bagert on his drug kingpin bill; an interview with State Representative Billy Montgomery on his bill keeping the personnel files of police officers private; State Representative Charles D. Jones testifying on his bill related to police brutality; State Representative Robert Garrity speaking against a bill allowing the Louisiana State Police to set up roadblocks; an interview with State Representative Ralph Miller on his bill regulating tinted windows on vehicles; an interview with Peggy Schexnaydre of the Coalition for Realistic Insurance on bills related to health insurance; an interview with Dave Ramsey of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on bills related to the management of the Charity Hospital System; and an interview with Hugh Eley of the Office of Elderly Affairs on a bill allowing his office to investigate reports of elder abuse.