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2009 Legislative Session, Week 3

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-05-15

Duration: 00:07:05

Subjects: Politics | Welfare | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2009 | Louisiana. Legislature | Port of New Orleans | Traffic safety | Cyclists | Drunk driving | Breath tests | DWI | TUITION | HIGHER EDUCATION | Mobile dental clinics | Dentistry | Concealed carry | Concealed weapons | DRUG TESTING | Equal pay for equal work | Women | Discrimination | Economic stimulus | American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 | Unemployment insurance | UNEMPLOYMENT | STATE BUDGET | State legislators


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Editor
  • Tucker, Jim Interviewee
  • Pearson, Kevin Speaker
  • LeDuff, Jeff Speaker
  • LaBruzzo, John Interviewee
  • Moret, Camille Speaker
  • Lemoine, Desiree Speaker
  • Hardy, Rickey Speaker
  • Fannin, Jim Speaker
  • LaFonta, Juan Speaker
  • Gisclair, Jerry "Truck" Speaker


This segment from the May 15, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the events at the third week of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: Speaker of the House Jim Tucker discussing his support of a bill expanding the Port of New Orleans into Plaquemines Parish; the House Transportation Committee hearing testimony on bills requiring drivers to maintain a distance of three feet when attempting to pass cyclists and increasing the penalties for suspected drunk drivers refusing to take a Breathalyzer test; the approval of tuition increases of up to 5% for state colleges and universities; State Representative Kevin Pearson testifying against school-based mobile dental clinics; Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff testifying against a bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses; State Representative John LaBruzzo discussing the failure of his bill requiring drug tests for welfare recipients; testimony on the Equal Pay for Women Act; State Representative Rickey Hardy testifying in favor of bypassing Governor Bobby Jindal’s refusal of the $100 million portion of the federal economic stimulus package that would increase unemployment compensation benefits; and debate on the state budget on the floor of the House of Representatives. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford