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2016 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: 2016-04-08

Duration: 00:05:48

Subjects: Taylor Opportunity Program for Students | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2016 | Louisiana. Department of Economic Development | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana. Department of Public Safety and Corrections | Prisons | PRISONERS | HIGHER EDUCATION | TOPS PROGRAM


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Abraham, Mark Speaker
  • Pierson, Don Speaker
  • LeBlanc, James Speaker
  • Leger, Walt, III Speaker
  • Stokes, Julie Speaker
  • Caillier, James Speaker


This segment from the April 8, 2016, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ recap of the fourth week of the 2016 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: Secretary Don Pierson of the Department of Economic Development testifying before the House Subcommittee on Business Development about his department’s proposed budget; State Representative Mark Abraham questioning Pierson; Secretary James LeBlanc of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections testifying before a House committee on a possible prisoner release schedule that will help the department save money; State Representative Walt Leger III of the House Education Committee commenting on State Representative Chris Broadwater’s bill requiring future freshmen and sophomore TOPS recipients to pay a percentage of their tuition; State Representative Julie Stokes testifying before the House Education Committee on her bill requiring students who lose TOPS to pay back their scholarship on a sliding scale; and James Caillier, the executive director of TOPS, testifying on the importance of the program. Host: Charlie Whinham