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Special Session #2, Week 1 (1994)

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: 1994-06-10

Duration: 00:26:40

Subjects: Criminal justice, Administration of | Government | Crime | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1994 | Politics


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Thompson, Francis Interviewee
  • McCain, Audrey Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Dimos, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Theriot, Sam Interviewee
  • Jetson, Raymond Speaker
  • Rittenberg, Bill Panelist
  • Day, Linda Panelist
  • Adams, Pete Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 10, 1994, features Robert Collins and Jeff Duhe reporting on the first week of the second Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature of 1994. Duhe first reports on the action on the crime bills under consideration at the session. His report includes highlights of Governor Edwin Edwards’ opening address, including his announcement that he will not seek reelection for a fifth term, as well as State Representative Raymond Jetson questioning a bill on the House floor. He also interviews: State Representative Francis Thompson; State Representative Audrey McCain; State Representative Jimmy Dimos; State Representative Bo Ackal; and State Representative Sam Theriot. Collins then leads an in-studio panel discussion with three guests: Bill Rittenberg, civil rights attorney and board member of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Linda Day, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE); and Pete Adams, executive director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association. They discuss bills in the Governor’s crime package and LAE’s school discipline package.