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2018 Legislative Session, Week 6

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-04-20

Duration: 00:05:13

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2018 | STATE BUDGET | Taylor Opportunity Program for Students | Hospitals


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Editor
  • Dardenne, Jay Speaker
  • Foil, Franklin Speaker
  • Leger, Walt, III Speaker
  • Carter, Gary Speaker


This segment from the April 20, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ recap of the sixth week of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Her report focuses on the House Appropriations Committee’s debate on the state budget and how to spend the $350 million in newly recognized revenue – fully funding the TOPS program or the state’s hospital system. It includes: Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne testifying on the executive budget proposal and his disagreement with fully funding the TOPS program; State Representative Franklin Foil testifying on his amendment restoring TOPS funding; and State Representatives Walt Leger III and Gary Carter, committee members, expressing their views on how to spend the new revenue. Host: Andre Moreau