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La. State Senate District 16 Debate (2019)

The Press Club



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-08-26

Duration: 00:59:14

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Elections, 2019 | Politics | Television debates | Louisiana. Legislature | Carter, Stephen F. | Foil, Franklin J.


  • Deslatte, Melinda Moderator
  • Baudean, Everett Panelist
  • Bell, Bob Panelist
  • Carter, Steve Panelist
  • Foil, Franklin Panelist
  • Thompson, Beverly Brooks Panelist


Melinda Deslatte moderates a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on August 26, 2019, between the five candidates for Louisiana State Senate District 16: Everett Baudean (L); Bob Bell (R); State Representative Steve Carter (R); State Representative Franklin Foil (R); and Dr. Beverly Brooks Thompson (D). The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: the St. George incorporation effort; phasing out the .45 of cent sales tax that was renewed in 2018; their biggest priority; improving the traffic in Baton Rouge; tort reform; improving the lives of the working men and women in Louisiana; the candidate they are supporting for Governor; consolidating state sales tax collection; legalizing recreational marijuana; industrial hemp production; and whether the fetal heartbeat abortion bill should have included an exception for rape and incest. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.