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Legislative Session, Week 7 (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: 1992-05-15

Duration: 00:25:41

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1992 | Louisiana. Constitutional Convention (1973)


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Dyess, Homer Speaker
  • Connick, Harry, Sr. Speaker
  • Krasnoff, Sandy Interviewee
  • McCleary, Mike Speaker
  • Haik, Ted Interviewee
  • Carson, Marcus Interviewee
  • Johnson, Jon Speaker
  • Cravins, Don Speaker
  • Dastugue, Quentin Speaker
  • Cohn, Aaron Speaker
  • Chehardy, Lawrence, Sr. Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Landrieu, Mitch Interviewee
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 15, 1992, features Robert Collins and Jeff Duhe reporting on the seventh week of the 1992 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines. Duhe then reports on the latest action at the State Capitol, including: Homer Dyess, a parent who lost a son to an accidental shooting, testifying in favor of a bill restricting children’s access to guns; Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr. testifying in a favor of a bill requiring a waiting period to purchase a gun; an interview with Sandy Krasnoff, a victims’ lobbyist, on a bill requiring the court to share information on any judicial action with crime victims and their families; State Representative Mike McCleary testifying on a bill requiring school boards not to lower teachers’ salaries during the school year; an interview with State Representative Ted Haik on his bill forbidding the sale of music with explicit lyrics to minors; an interview with Marcus Carson of the health care campaign on an insurance reform bill; State Senator Jon Johnson testifying on his bill requiring insurance companies to pay damages for uninsured drivers; State Senator Donald Cravins questioning Johnson’s bill; and State Representative Quentin Dastugue discussing an amendment requiring a proof insurance to purchase gasoline. Next, Duhe looks back at the changes made during the 1973 Constitutional Convention and previews a possible constitutional convention on tax reform. His report includes archival interviews with: Aaron Cohn of the New Orleans Crime Commission; Jefferson Parish Tax Assessor Lawrence Chehardy, Sr.; and Governor Edwin Edwards. Lastly, Duhe interviews: State Representative Mitch Landrieu; Mark Drennen, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR); and Senate President Sammy Nunez. They discuss: the success of the 1973 Constitutional Convention; the fiscal reform packages being worked on by the House and Senate; Governor Edwards not being involved in the legislative process; and the issues that need to be addressed at a new constitutional convention.