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Legislative Session, Week 10 (1997)

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: 1997-06-06

Duration: 00:24:41

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1997 | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | Gambling | CASINOS


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Cravins, Don Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Speaker
  • Kennedy, John Speaker
  • Rombach, John Speaker
  • Hollis, Ken Speaker
  • Savoie, Joe Speaker
  • Rombach, John Interviewee
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Morial, Marc Speaker
  • Dardenne, Jay Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 6, 1997, features Robert Collins, Jeff Duhe, and Arcie Chapa reporting on the week’s events at the tenth week of the 1997 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Duhe first reports on the state budget hearings in the Senate Finance Committee, including several state agencies asking for more employees. It includes comments by: State Senator Don Cravins; State Senator John Hainkel; Secretary John Kennedy of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation; John Rombach of the Legislative Fiscal Office; State Senator Ken Hollis; and Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Savoie. Duhe also reports on the major changes made to the state budget and interviews John Rombach of the Legislative Fiscal Office. Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Commissioner of Administration Mark Drennen. He discusses: the reduction in the size of state government; the status of the Rainy Day Fund; state debt payments; investments in infrastructure; teacher pay raises; no plans for a special session; and the Administration’s efforts to bring the headquarters of the Senior Olympics to Baton Rouge; and the land-based casino in New Orleans. Lastly, Chapa reports on the Senate Judiciary B Committee hearing on the Harrah’s Casino contract. It includes comments by: State Senator Ken Hollis; New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial; and State Senator Jay Dardenne.