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Legislative Session, Week 2 (1992)

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: 1992-04-10

Duration: 00:26:06

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1992 | Tax reform | Apportionment (Election law)


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Rombach, John Interviewee
  • Dimos, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Stine, Tim Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mitch Interviewee
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Fields, Cleo Interviewee
  • Dardenne, Jay Interviewee
  • Lalonde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Mixon, Hamilton Interviewee
  • Accardo, Joe Interviewee
  • Anding, Charles Interviewee
  • Jones, Charles D. Interviewee
  • Ryan, Tim Speaker
  • Flournoy, Melissa Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 10, 1992, features Robert Collins, Jeff Duhe, and Arcie Chapa reporting on the second week of the 1992 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Duhe first reports on a closed-door meeting of state legislators to discuss tax reform options in order to avoid Governor Edwards’ proposed constitutional convention. He interviews: John Rombach of the Legislative Fiscal Office; State Representative Jimmy Dimos; State Representative Tim Stine; State Representative Mitch Landrieu; and State Representative Bo Ackal. Next, Chapa interviews State Senator Cleo Fields, the chairman of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, and State Senator Jay Dardenne. They discuss the upcoming Senate floor debate on the Congressional reapportionment map passed by the committee, which creates a new majority-minority district and splits Baton Rouge into three Congressional districts. Lastly, Duhe reports on the other headlines at the session, including: an interview State Representative Raymond Lalonde on the bills aimed at dedicating the lottery revenue; an interview with Hamilton Mixon of the Louisiana State Police on the House Transportation Committee passing a $15 million reduction in funding for their traffic enforcement efforts; an interview with State Representative Joe Accardo on his bill requiring financial disclosure for lobbyists; an interview with State Representative Charles Anding on his bill requiring employers to pay for drug tests and fingerprinting during the hiring process; an interview with State Representative Charles D. Jones on the Legislative Black Caucus’ agenda for the session; economist Dr. Tim Ryan discussing the economic impact of right to work; and an interview with State Representative Melissa Flournoy on her bills related to sex education.