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2009 Legislative Session, Week 6

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-06-05

Duration: 00:07:04

Subjects: Politics | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | Welfare | Taxes | Louisiana. Department of State Civil Service | State employee pay raises | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2009 | Louisiana. Legislature | STATE BUDGET | State Budget Cuts | RAINY DAY FUND | HIGHER EDUCATION | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | Clean Power and Energy Research Consortium | DRUG TESTING | School attendance | Truancy | Traffic safety | Drunk driving | Breath tests | DWI | Merit pay | AFSCME | Unions | INCOME TAX | Tax deductions | State legislators


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • LaFleur, Donna Editor
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Landrieu, Mary Speaker
  • LaBruzzo, John Interviewee
  • Hines, Walker Speaker
  • Marionneaux, Rob Speaker
  • Baldone, Damon Speaker
  • Gary, Mona Speaker
  • Hardman, Leonal Speaker
  • Chaisson, Joel Speaker
  • Jackson, Lydia Speaker
  • Shaw, Buddy Speaker


This segment from the June 5, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the events at the sixth week of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: a news conference with Governor Bobby Jindal discussing his openness to using the “Rainy Day Fund” to offset the budget cuts to higher education; U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu visiting the State Capitol to announce $2 million in federal funding for the Clean Power and Energy Research Consortium at seven state colleges and universities; State Representative John LaBruzzo discussing the third failure of his bill requiring drug tests for welfare recipients; State Representative Walker Hines and State Senator Rob Marionneaux debating a bill allowing judges to order community service for parents whose children are convicted of a misdemeanor offense; State Representative Damon Baldone and Mona Gary, a mother who lost her daughter in a drunk driving accident, testifying on Baldone’s bill increasing the penalties for suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a Breathalyzer test; Leonal Hardman of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) testifying before the Civil Service Commission against the freezing of merit pay raises for classified state employees; and Senate President Joel Chaisson, State Senator Lydia Jackson, and State Senator B.L. “Buddy” Shaw debating Jackson’s bill delaying personal income tax deductions for three years in order to fund higher education. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford