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2009 Legislative Session, Week 5

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-05-29

Duration: 00:05:00

Subjects: Taxes | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2009 | Louisiana. Legislature | STATE BUDGET | State Budget Cuts | RAINY DAY FUND | HIGHER EDUCATION | Traffic safety | Motorcycle helmets | Chinese drywall | School sports | High school athletes | Middle school athletes | Dog owners | Louisiana State University System | CRAWFISH | Fishermen | Tax credits | Tax incentives | NATURAL GAS | Compressed natural gas | Alternative fuel vehicles | Natural gas vehicles | Capital gains tax | State legislators | Politics | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | Hospitals | Tax exemptions


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Quinn, Julie Speaker
  • Hardy, Rickey Speaker
  • Lambert, Eddie Speaker
  • Nowlin, Rick Speaker
  • Guinn, John E. Speaker
  • Smith, Jane Speaker
  • Paternostro, Dino Speaker
  • Bridges, Cynthia Speaker


This segment from the May 29, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s recap of the events at the fifth week of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: a news conference with Governor Bobby Jindal discussing his openness to using the “Rainy Day Fund” to offset the budget cuts to higher education; a bill repealing the state’s motorcycle helmet law nearing final passage; State Senator Julie Quinn discussing her bill allowing homeowners with Chinese drywall in their homes to sue the American distributors of the drywall instead of the Chinese manufacturers; State Representative Rickey Hardy and State Representative Eddie Lambert testifying on a bill raising the grade point average for student athletes from 1.5 to 2.0; State Representative Rickey Hardy’s bill allowing owners of dogs who kill or injure people to be charged with negligent injury or homicide passes out of committee; State Representative Rick Nowlin discussing his bill requiring LSU to present their plans for the financing of a hospital in New Orleans to the Legislature; State Representative John E. Guinn testifying on his bill providing for a sales and use tax exemption for fishermen buying crawfish bait and feed; State Representative Jane Smith testifying on her bill giving a tax credit to individuals or businesses that purchase alternative fuel cars that use compressed natural gas; and Dino Paternostro of Greater New Orleans, Inc. and Secretary Cynthia Bridges of the Department of Revenue testifying on a bill reducing the capital gains tax.