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2013 Legislative Session, Week 1

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-04-12

Duration: 00:05:38

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2013 | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | Taxes | Tax reform | INCOME TAX | Louisiana. Office of Elderly Affairs | Children with disabilities | Louisiana New Opportunities Waiver Program | Health Care | Earl K. Long Medical Center | Louisiana State University System


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Thompson, Jeff Interviewee
  • Badon, Austin Interviewee
  • James, Ted Interviewee
  • Howes, Victoria Speaker
  • Beech, Sam Speaker
  • Smith, Sabrina Speaker
  • Burns, Henry Speaker
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Speaker
  • White, Bodi Speaker
  • Smith, Pat Speaker
  • Chabert, Norbert Speaker
  • Opelka, Frank Speaker


This segment from the April 12, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the first week of the 2013 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: Governor Bobby Jindal discussing his decision to pull his controversial tax swap plan and his support of phasing out the income tax during his opening address; interviews with State Representatives Jeff Thompson, Austin Badon, and Ted James on their reactions to Jindal’s speech; Victoria Howes testifying against cutting the budget of the Office of Elderly Affairs and the Senior Rx program; Sam Beech of the Developmental Disabilities Council of Louisiana and Sabrina Smith, a mother of children with disabilities, testifying in favor of funding the 200 New Opportunities Waivers (NOW); State Representative Henry Burns speaking in favor of the NOW program; State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, State Senator Bodi White, State Representative Pat Smith, and State Senator Norbert Chabert debating the closure of the Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget; and Dr. Frank Opelka of the LSU Hospital System testifying on the facility’s closure. Host: Charlie Whinham