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Session Review: A Legislative Report Card (2008)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-06-25

Duration: 00:56:55

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2008 | Politics | Government | Tax reform | Term limits (Public office)


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Tucker, Jim Interviewee
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Savoie, E. Joseph Interviewee
  • Barrow, Bill Interviewee
  • Kumar, Veena Speaker
  • Cutrera, Mary Lou Speaker
  • Guedry, Ann Speaker
  • Wood, Thomas Speaker
  • Caffarel, Mark Speaker
  • Hobdy, Lawrence Speaker
  • Uzee, Andre Speaker
  • Durr, Bobby Speaker
  • Foster, Angelia Speaker
  • Thompson, Scott Speaker
  • Michot, Michael Panelist
  • LaFleur, Eric Panelist
  • Erwin, Barry Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from June 25, 2008, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the 2008 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Speaker of the House Jim Tucker; Jim Brandt, head of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, head of the Board of Regents; State Senator Ann Duplessis; and Bill Barrow, reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The audience members then discuss their views on how the newly imposed term limits will affect the legislature, who benefits from the tax plans, and economic development across the state. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Michael Michot; State Senator Eric LaFleur; and Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). They discuss: the new pay raise for the legislature, how to implement tax plans that benefit the community and are not a burden during current economic inflation, and tuition increases for higher education. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman