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Senate Redistricting Controversy (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: 1991-07-12

Duration: 00:06:30

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1991 | Apportionment (Election law)


  • Nachman, Karen Host
  • Fields, Cleo Interviewee
  • Picard, Cecil Interviewee
  • Cox, James Speaker
  • Picard, Cecil Speaker
  • Rayburn, B.B, "Sixty" Speaker
  • Johnson, Jon Interviewee
  • Henderson, Russell Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker


This segment from the July 12, 1991, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen Nachman’s report on the Senate passing a controversial redistricting map at the 1991 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Nachman reports that the United States Department of Justice rejected the initial Senate plan and called for two additional majority-minority districts in the Lafayette and Monroe regions. Her report includes highlights of the Senate floor debate on the bill, including comments by State Senators James Cox, Cecil Picard, and B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn. She also interviews State Senator Cleo Fields, State Senator Cecil Picard, State Senator Jon Johnson, and Russell Henderson of the ACLU. Lastly, the report includes highlights of a press conference with Governor Buddy Roemer discussing his opposition to the bill.