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Legislative Session, Week 12 (1992)

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: 1992-06-19

Duration: 00:27:00

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1992 | Gambling


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Flournoy, Melissa Interviewee
  • Hainkel, John Interviewee
  • Reilly, Sean Speaker
  • Skelton, Fred Interviewee
  • Tynes, Pam Interviewee
  • Brown, Jim Interviewee
  • Ewing, Al Speaker
  • McMains, Chuck Interviewee
  • Chabert, Marty Interviewee
  • Witten, Morris Interviewee
  • Pinsonat, Bernie Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Shuler, Marsha Interviewee
  • Hill, John Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 19, 1992, features Robert Collins and Jeff Duhe reporting on the twelfth and final week of the 1992 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Collins first reports on the week’s headlines, including Governor Edwin Edwards signing the bill authorizing a casino in New Orleans. Duhe then reports on the latest action at the State Capitol, including: an interview with State Representative Melissa Flournoy on her sex education bill; an interview with State Senator John Hainkel on his bill related to taking pre-1972 cars off the road in order to improve air quality; State Representative Sean Reilly presenting a bill delaying the start of the teacher evaluation program to 1994; an interview with Fred Skelton of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT) on the bill; an interview with environmentalist Pam Tynes on the repeal of the tax of hazardous waste; an interview with Commissioner of Insurance Jim Brown on his department’s new insurance education pamphlets; Al Ewing of Cajun Electric presenting a book to Governor Edwards; and Governor Edwards discussing his intention to veto the bill forbidding the sale of music with explicit lyrics to minors. Next, Duhe reports on the political climate at the session. He interviews: State Representative Chuck McMains; State Senator Marty Chabert; Morris Witten of Common Cause; Bernie Pinsonat, pollster; and Governor Edwards. Lastly, Collins conducts an in-studio interview with Marsha Shuler of the Advocate in Baton Rouge and John Hill of the Gannett News Service. They discuss: Governor Edwards’ role in the session; the proposed constitutional convention; gambling bills; and the freshman class of state legislators.