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2013 Legislative Session, Week 8

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-05-31

Duration: 00:07:21

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2013 | PRISONERS | Drug rehabilitation | Substance abuse | MEDICAID | DWI | Drunk driving | Education | Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education | TEACHER EVALUATIONS | French immersion


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • LeBlanc, James Speaker
  • Peterson, Karen Carter Speaker
  • Lopinto, Joseph Speaker
  • Delatte, Glen Speaker
  • Broussard, Norma Speaker
  • Pierre, Vincent Speaker
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Bendily, Erin Speaker
  • Smith, Pat Speaker
  • LaFleur, Eric Speaker
  • Henderson, Dale Speaker
  • Puyau, Jerome Speaker


This segment from the May 31, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the eighth week of the 2013 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: Secretary James LeBlanc of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections testifying on a bill establishing a substance abuse probation program for certain prisoners; State Senator Karen Carter Peterson questioning LeBlanc on the bill’s provision expanding Medicaid coverage for prisoners who participate in the program; State Representative Joseph Lopinto, defense attorney Glen Delatte, and Norma Broussard of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office testifying on Lopinto’s bill suspending jail time for a third offense DWI if the offender agrees to enter a drug court program; State Representative Vincent Pierre and Erin Bendily of the Department of Education testifying on a bill related to the way the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) conducts teacher evaluations; State Representatives John Bel Edwards and Pat Smith discussing Pierre’s bill; and State Senator Eric LaFleur, Iberia Parish Superintendent Dale Henderson, and Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau testifying on LaFleur’s bill expanding language immersion programs in public schools.