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2017 Special Session, Week 1

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: 2017-02-17

Duration: 00:05:40

Subjects: Politics | Government | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2017 | STATE BUDGET


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Barras, Taylor Speaker
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Schroder, John Speaker
  • Dardenne, Jay Speaker
  • Henry, Cameron Speaker
  • Armes, James Speaker


This segment from the February 17, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ recap of the first week of the 2017 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Her report focuses on the ongoing debate over how to close the state’s $304 million mid-year budget deficit. It includes: highlights from Governor John Bel Edwards’ opening address; State Representative John Schroder of the House Appropriations Committee and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne debating whether Governor Edwards’ state budget proposal includes the use of one-time money; and comments by State Representatives Cameron Henry and James Armes in the House Appropriations Committee hearing. Host: Charlie Whinham