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Louisiana's Legislative Priorities (2008)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-03-26

Duration: 00:56:26

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2008 | STATE BUDGET


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Edwards, Tia Interviewee
  • Chaisson, Joel Interviewee
  • Bertrand, Gary Speaker
  • Overhultz, Gerard Speaker
  • Farhat, George Speaker
  • Hathaway, Robert Speaker
  • Johnson, Juanita Speaker
  • Burton, Clen Speaker
  • Dixon, Carolyn Speaker
  • Slaven, Chris Speaker
  • Abraham, Andi Speaker
  • Antoine, Jared Speaker
  • Barnes II, Walton Speaker
  • LeBlanc, Steve Speaker
  • Gauff, Ray Speaker
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Panelist
  • Erwin, Barry Panelist
  • Cassidy, Bill Panelist
  • Lambert, Eddie J. Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 26, 2008, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the policy priorities for the 2008 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Jim Brandt, head of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); Tia Edwards, Deputy Secretary at the Louisiana Department of Labor; and Senate President Joel Chaisson, II. The audience members then discuss their views on the effects of first-time state legislators on this legislative session and what they believe is the most pertinent policy priority. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Sharon Weston Broome; Barry Erwin, President of Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL); State Senator Bill Cassidy, MD; and State Representative Eddie Lambert. They discuss: economic development and job creation, the effects of charter schools on K-12 education, and improvements to accessible and affordable health care. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman