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2011 Legislative Session, Week 4

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-05-20

Duration: 00:06:05

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2011 | Politics | Government | Taxes | CIGARETTE TAXES | Traffic safety | Cell phones and traffic accidents | Drivers' licenses | Vehicular homicide | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Ashworth, Eddie Speaker
  • Andrews, Chris Speaker
  • Lemoine, Colleen Speaker
  • Tatman, David Speaker
  • Baldone, Damon Speaker
  • Thomas, Rina Speaker
  • Badon, Austin Speaker
  • Arnold, Jeff Speaker
  • Allen, Lisa Speaker
  • Briggs, Don Speaker


This segment from the May 20, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the events at the fourth week of the 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: Eddie Ashworth of the Louisiana Budget Project, Reverend Chris Andrews, oncology nurse Colleen Lemoine, and David Tatman of the Louisiana Association of Wholesalers testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee on State Representative Harold Ritchie’s bill increasing the tax on cigarettes and tobacco products by 70 cents; State Representative Damon Baldone questioning Rina Thomas of the Governor’s Office on why the Jindal Administration does not favor a bill supported by 70% of the people; State Representatives Austin Badon and Jeff Arnold testifying before the House Transportation Committee on Badon’s bill prohibiting the use of handheld cell phones while driving; Livingston Parish resident Lisa Allen testifying before the House Criminal Justice Committee on State Representative Bodi White’s bill authorizing the courts to decide whether to suspend drivers’ licenses for those arrested on charges of vehicular homicide; and Don Briggs of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association testifying on a bill related to the way the state addresses contaminated or polluted drilling sites. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford