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2009 Legislative Session, Week 4

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-05-22

Duration: 00:06:41

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 2009 | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | New Orleans Saints (Football team) | Superdome (New Orleans, La.) | Retirement | STATE BUDGET | State Budget Cuts | Economic forecasting | Traffic safety | Cell phones | Cell phones and traffic accidents | HIGHER EDUCATION | Obesity in children | School attendance | Truancy | Super Bowl | Smoking ban | Furloughs | State legislators


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Alford, Jeremy Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Albrecht, Greg Speaker
  • Edmonson, Mike Speaker
  • Tucker, Jim Speaker
  • Clausen, Sally Speaker
  • Williams, Patrick Speaker
  • Downs, Hollis Speaker
  • Marionneaux, Rob Speaker
  • Ashy, Alton Speaker
  • Pope, J. Rogers Speaker


This segment from the May 22, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s recap of the events at the fourth week of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: Governor Bobby Jindal testifying in favor of a bill allowing officials to cut 10% of dedicated funds each year so that budget cuts do not fall disproportionally in the areas of higher education and health care; Greg Albrecht of the Legislative Fiscal Office providing the economic outlook for the state in the upcoming fiscal year; Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police testifying in favor of a bill prohibiting the use of a cell phone while driving a vehicle; Speaker of the House Jim Tucker and Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen testifying in favor of a bill creating a nine-member panel to study and report on how to make higher education more efficient; State Representative Patrick Williams testifying in favor of his two bills combating childhood obesity; State Representative Hollis Downs testifying on a bill punishing parents for their truant school kids; a statement by Governor Bobby Jindal on a proposed deal keeping the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana and renovating the Superdome prior to the 2013 Super Bowl; State Senator Rob Marionneaux testifying on a bill banning smoking in all public places; and State Representative J. Rogers Pope testifying in favor of a bill offering retirement credits for college teachers and staff who might get furloughed due to state budget cuts in higher education. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford