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2009 Legislative Session, Week 7

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-06-12

Duration: 00:06:34

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 2009 | Louisiana. Legislature | CIGARETTE TAXES | INCOME TAX | Tax deductions | High school students | High school dropouts | Smoking ban | Motorcycle helmets | Traffic safety | STATE BUDGET | DWI | Breath tests | Drunk driving | State legislators | Politics | Taxes | Education


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Editor
  • Peterson, Karen Carter Speaker
  • Leger, Walt, III Speaker
  • Bruneau, Jeb Speaker
  • Downs, Hollis Interviewee
  • Kostelka, Bob Speaker
  • Pastorek, Paul Speaker
  • Dixon, Herbert Speaker
  • Marionneaux, Rob Speaker
  • Young, Chris Speaker
  • Faircloth, Jimmy Speaker
  • LaFonta, Juan Interviewee
  • Martiny, Danny Interviewee


This segment from the June 12, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the events at the seventh week of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: State Representative Karen Carter Peterson, State Representative Walt Leger, III and Jeb Bruneau of the Pelican Institute testifying on Peterson’s bill increasing the tax on cigarettes by 50 cents; State Representative Hollis Downs discussing his support of delaying personal income itemized tax deductions in order to use the money for higher education; State Senator Bob Kostelka, Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, and State Representative Herbert Dixon testifying on and debating a bill creating an alternative curriculum and diploma program for high school students; State Senator Rob Marionneaux and Chris Young of the Beer Industry League of Louisiana testifying on a bill banning smoking in bars that sell food; Jimmie Faircloth, the Governor’s Executive Counsel, and State Senator Rob Marionneaux testifying on a bill repealing the state’s motorcycle helmet law; State Representative Juan LaFonta discussing his view that there is a lack of proper debate on the state budget; and State Senator Danny Martiny discussing the amendments that have decreased the proposed penalties for suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a Breathalyzer test. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford