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Special Sessions #1 & #2 (1991)

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: 1991-04-12

Duration: 00:27:15

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1991 | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Apportionment (Election law) | SALES TAX | Politics | Government


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Haik, Ted Interviewee
  • Breaux, John Interviewee
  • Copelin, Sherman Speaker
  • Alario, John Speaker
  • Laborde, Raymond Speaker
  • Lancaster, Charles Interviewee
  • Sour, Art Speaker
  • Jones, Charles D. Interviewee
  • Stine, Dennis Speaker
  • Kimball, Clyde Speaker
  • Bradley, Allen Interviewee
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Interviewee
  • Hill, John Interviewee
  • Copelin, Sherman Interviewee
  • Dastugue, Quentin Interviewee
  • Windhorst, Fritz Interviewee
  • Baer, Mike Interviewee
  • Amphion, Helen Interviewee
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Interviewee
  • Alexander, Rodney Interviewee
  • Rombach, John Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 12, 1991, features Robert Collins, Karen Nachman, and Jeff Duhe reporting on the first and second special sessions of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines. These stories include: Governor Buddy Roemer discussing the closure of England Air Force Base in Alexandria; an interview with State Representative Ted Haik on his oil spill response bill; and an interview with United States Senator John Breaux on the growing use of satellite technology in the classroom. Next, Nachman reports on the passage of the renewal of the three-cent sales tax at the first special session. Her report includes comments by: State Representative Sherman Copelin; State Representative John Alario; State Representative Raymond Laborde; State Representative Art Sour; Commissioner of Administration Dennis Stine; State Representative Clyde Kimball; and Governor Roemer. She also interviews: State Representative Charles Lancaster; State Representative Charles D. Jones; State Representative Allen Bradley; and State Representative Bo Ackal. Nachman then reports on the ongoing redistricting debate at the second special session. She interviews: State Representative Peppi Bruneau; John Hill of the Gannett News Agency; State Representative Sherman Copelin; State Representative Quentin Dastugue; State Representative Charles D. Jones; State Senator Fritz Windhorst; and State Representative Allen Bradley. Lastly, Duhe reports on the behind-the-scenes action at the Legislature and the total costs of legislative sessions. He interviews: Mike Baer, Senate secretary; Helen Amphion, Senate staff; State Senator Armand Brinkhaus; State Representative Rodney Alexander; and John Rombach, Legislative Fiscal Officer.