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Legislative Session, Week 4 (1989)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Independence, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-05-12

Duration: 00:26:19

Subjects: Government | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1989 | Politics


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Poor, Ed Interviewee
  • Bennett, Merrie Interviewee
  • Sullivan, Yvonne Interviewee
  • Sullivan, Lillian Interviewee
  • Adley, Robert Interviewee
  • Jumonville, J.E. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 12, 1989, features Ken Lormand reporting on the fourth week of the 1989 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. He first reports on the week’s headlines. Next, Lormand presents highlights of Governor Buddy Roemer discussing the state’s $700 million budget deficit. Lormand then reports on the possible closure of the Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence and the impact of the uncertainty on the management of the hospital. He interviews: Ed Poor, hospital director; Merrie Bennett, director of nurses; Yvonne Sullivan, patient; and Lillian Sullivan, Yvonne’s mother. Lastly, Lormand conducts a joint interview with State Representative Robert Adley, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and State Senator J.E. Jumonville, the vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. They discuss the state budget process and the possible solutions to the state’s $700 million budget deficit.