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TOPS Bills at the Legislative Session (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-05-13

Duration: 00:06:17

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2011 | Politics | Government | HIGHER EDUCATION | TOPS PROGRAM | Taylor Opportunity Program for Students | Millennium Trust Fund | College dropouts


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Lincoln, Sue Reporter
  • Fontenot, Jodie Editor
  • Smith, Jane Speaker
  • Gautreaux, Butch Interviewee
  • Harrison, Joe Speaker
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Smith, Gary Speaker
  • Tucker, Jim Speaker


This segment from the May 13, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Sue Lincoln’s report on the TOPS program bills under consideration at the 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. This report includes: State Representative Jane Smith discussing the people’s support of the TOPS program; an interview with State Senator Butch Gautreaux on his bill capping the TOPS program; State Representative Joe Harrison discussing his proposal requiring students who drop out within their first two years of college to repay their TOPS scholarship money; Governor Bobby Jindal testifying in support of a constitutional amendment dedicating the interest from the Millennium Trust Fund to the TOPS program; State Representative Gary Smith questioning the constitutional amendment; and Speaker of the House Jim Tucker discussing the difficulty of passing the constitutional amendment. Host: Charlie Whinham