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1988 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: 1988-05-27

Duration: 00:28:01

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1988 | Politics | Government | Local governments | Education


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Laborde, Raymond Speaker
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee
  • Lastrapes, Dud Interviewee
  • Prejean, Rod Interviewee
  • Cochran, Steve Interviewee
  • Clausen, Sally Speaker
  • Steimel, Ed Speaker
  • Patin, Charles Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 27, 1988, features Ken Lormand and Roger Sockman reporting on the sixth week of the 1988 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Sockman first reports on the debate in the House Appropriations Committee on the funding for local school systems for non-instructional educational items, including comments by State Representative Raymond Laborde and an interview with Governor Buddy Roemer. Next, Ken Lormand reports on Governor Roemer’s bridge financing plan to help local governments prepare for the loss of state funding. It includes: Governor Roemer presenting the plan to the House Appropriations Committee; an interview with Lafayette Mayor Dud Lastrapes; and an interview with Brusly Mayor Rod Prejean, the president of the Louisiana Municipal Association, and Interim Commissioner of Administration Steve Cochran. Lastly, Sockman recaps the week’s other activity at the session. These stories include: Governor Roemer and Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen testifying on a bill combining the state’s four higher education boards; Ed Steimel of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) testifying against a bill creating a state lottery; an interview with Governor Roemer discussing the passage of the repeal of the prevailing wage law; a legislative committee deferring a bill on cockfighting; and an interview with Charles Patin, a Roemer staff attorney, discussing a district court ruling in favor of the constitutional creation of the Louisiana Recovery District.