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Legislative Session, Week 12 (1990)

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: 1990-07-06

Duration: 00:26:16

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1990 | STATE BUDGET | Lotteries | Abortion


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewer
  • Lalonde, Raymond Speaker
  • Miller, Ralph Speaker
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Spradley, Tom Interviewee
  • Thomas, Kim Interviewee
  • Beard, Debra Interviewee
  • Mixon, Hamilton Interviewee
  • Fox, Nina Interviewee
  • Cannatella, Vince Interviewee
  • Bares, Allen Speaker
  • Kelly, Don Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from July 6, 1990, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the twelfth and final week of the 1990 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines, including: Governor Buddy Roemer discussing his veto of the abortion bill; Governor Roemer announcing Con Agra’s plans to locate a poultry processing plant in Farmerville; and the groundbreaking ceremony for NASA’s Michoud Assembly Plant in New Orleans. Next, Nachman reports on the status of the state budget with only three days left in the session, the passage of a lottery compromise bill, and the possibility of a special session. Her report includes highlights of State Representatives Raymond Lalonde and Ralph Miller debating the lottery bill. She also interviews: State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn; Senate President Sammy Nunez; State Representative Raymond Laborde; State Representative Bo Ackal; State Representative John Alario; Mark Drennen of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); Victor Bussie of the Louisiana AFL-CIO; and Tom Spradley, lobbyist. Duhe then reports on the public’s view of the session and the state’s future. He interviews: Kim Thomas, teacher; Dr. Debra Beard, veterinarian; Hamilton Mixon, state trooper; Nina Fox, retired state employee; and Vince Cannatella, restaurant owner. Lastly, Nachman reports on the other legislative news, including State Senators Allen Bares and Don Kelly debating a proposed oil and gas transportation tax and Governor Roemer discussing the bill consolidating the state’s higher education boards.