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2009 Legislative Session, Week 1

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-05-01

Duration: 00:07:52

Subjects: Politics | Taxes | Hospitals | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2009 | Louisiana. Legislature | STATE BUDGET | State Budget Cuts | CIGARETTE TAXES | Mega-Project Development Fund | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Pilgrim's Pride Poultry Plant (Farmerville, La.) | Louisiana State University System | School boards | Financial disclosure | Transparency in government | BENSON, TOM | State legislators | Term limits (Public office) | New Orleans Saints (Football team) | Jindal, Bobby, 1971-


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Hardy, Rickey Interviewee
  • Claitor, Dan Interviewee
  • Jackson, Lydia Interviewee
  • Peterson, Karen Carter Speaker
  • Downs, Hollis Speaker
  • Tucker, Jim Speaker
  • Lombardi, John Speaker
  • Carter, Steve Speaker
  • Richard, Jerome Speaker
  • Spear, Butch Speaker
  • Hines, Walker Speaker


This segment from the May 1, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the events at the first week of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: highlights from Governor Bobby Jindal’s opening address; House Speaker Pro Tem Karen Carter Peterson testifying on her bill increasing the tax on cigarette and other tobacco products by $1; Governor Bobby Jindal testifying in favor of a bill relaxing the rules on the Mega-Project Development Fund so that $50 million can be used to keep the Pilgrim’s Pride Poultry Plant in Farmerville from going out of business; State Representative Hollis Downs testifying on his bill raising taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel; Speaker of the House Jim Tucker and LSU System President John Lombardi testifying on a bill changing the management of a new teaching hospital in New Orleans from LSU to an independent board; State Representative Stephen Carter testifying on a bill placing term limits on school board members; House Clerk Butch Spear explaining the requirements for the new financial disclosure forms for state legislators; and Governor Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson announcing a new proposed partnership that will keep the team in the state until 2025 and build a new sports entertainment district in the city. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford