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Legislative Session, Week 12 (1997)

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: 1997-06-20

Duration: 00:13:28

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1997 | Politics | Government


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Alexander, Rodney Interviewee
  • Jetson, Raymond Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Speaker
  • Cravins, Don Speaker
  • Landry, Ron Speaker
  • Campbell, Foster Speaker
  • Murray, Ed Interviewee
  • Iles, Kay Interviewee
  • Alario, John Speaker
  • Pratt, Renee Speaker
  • Travis, John Speaker
  • Donelon, Jim Interviewee
  • Brun, Roy Interviewee
  • Lancaster, Charles Interviewee


This segment from the June 20, 1997, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s recap of the twelfth and final week of the 1997 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. His report includes: interviews with State Representatives Rodney Alexander and Raymond Jetson on a bill extending a moratorium on new mental health clinics and rural hospitals; State Representative Peppi Bruneau debating a bill allowing slot machines at horse racing tracks; State Senators Don Cravins and Ron Landry debating a bill strengthening penalties for people driving without automobile insurance; State Senator Foster Campbell discussing the need for a pay raise for state legislators; an interview with State Representative Ed Murray on the passage of increased per diems and mileage allowances for state legislators; an interview with State Representative Kay Iles on a bill allowing chemical castration for sex offenders; State Representative John Alario presenting his bill stiffening the penalties for hate crimes; State Representative Renee Pratt discussing a bill requiring parental consent for minors for tattoos or body piercings; State Representative John Travis discussing a bill requiring executions to take place in the parish where the crime was committed; an interview with State Representative Jim Donelon on a bill banning late term abortions; an interview with State Representative Roy Brun, the chairman of House Education Committee, on education reform; and an interview with State Representative Charles Lancaster, the chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, on the election reform bills passed during the session. Host: Robert Collins