User Login

Login Access

Search the Collections

Special Session, Week 4 (1996)

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: 1996-04-19

Duration: 00:16:16

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1996 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Gambling


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Windhorst, Steve Interviewee
  • Diez, Juba Speaker
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Guidry, John Speaker
  • Ewing, Randy Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mitch Speaker
  • Cravins, Don Interviewee
  • Foster, Mike Interviewee


This segment from the April 19, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the fourth and final week of the 1996 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature. He first recaps the week’s headlines, including: an interview with State Representative Steve Windhorst on a bill calling for a statewide ban on video poker, riverboat casinos, and the New Orleans casino; State Representatives Juba Diez and Woody Jenkins debating the bill on the House floor; State Senator John Guidry’s filibuster on the redistricting bill changing the 4th Congressional District from a majority-minority district; an interview with Senate President Randy Ewing on the redistricting bill; State Representative Mitch Landrieu sharing his view that the bills passed at the session protect the wealthy and big business; and an interview with State Senator Don Cravins on a bill disallowing uninsured motorists from suing for pain and suffering in the event of a car accident. Duhe then interviews Governor Mike Foster, who discusses: the passage of parish-by-parish local option for gambling; the status of the bills aimed at lowering auto insurance rates; and the filibuster on the reapportionment bill. Host: Robert Collins