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2014 Legislative Session, Week 9

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-05-09

Duration: 00:05:47

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2014 | Hospitals | MEDICAID | Privatization | Concealed carry | Concealed weapons | State legislators | Drone aircrafts | Health care reform | HEALTH INSURANCE | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Nichols, Kristy Speaker
  • Kleckley, Chuck Speaker
  • Smith, Pat Speaker
  • Allain, Bret Speaker
  • Norton, Barbara Speaker
  • Gulotta, Bradley Speaker
  • Duhe, Sonya Speaker
  • Nevers, Ben Speaker
  • Kliebert, Kathy Speaker


This segment from the May 9, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s recap of the ninth week of the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: Commissioner Kristy Nichols testifying before the House Appropriations Committee on the federal government’s rejection of a financing plan to privatize six state hospitals with Medicaid funds; Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley and State Representative Pat Smith urging Nichols to resolve the issue as quickly as possible; State Senator Bret Allain and Bradley Gulotta of Gun Rights Across America testifying on a bill authorizing state legislators to carry concealed weapons in the State Capitol; State Representative Barbara Norton questioning Allain on the bill; Dr. Sonya Duhe, the Director of the Mass Communications Program at Loyola University, testifying against a bill criminalizing the use of drones to capture images; and State Senator Ben Nevers and Secretary Kathy Kliebert of the Department of Health and Hospitals testifying on Nevers’ bill creating the “Louisiana First, America Next Freedom and Empowerment Plan,” an alternative health care reform plan to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford