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2012 Legislative Session, Week 1

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-03-16

Duration: 00:04:58

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2012 | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | Edwards, John Bel | Educational change | Retirement | Louisiana -- Officials and employees | Privatization | Prisons | Louisiana. Department of Public Safety and Corrections | Crime laboratories | Louisiana. Office of State Police | RALLIES | Politics | Government


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Justice, Todd Editor
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Smith, Pat Speaker
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • LeBlanc, James Speaker
  • Edmonson, Mike Speaker
  • Ancelet, Durlin Interviewee


This segment from the March 16, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s recap of the first week of the 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: Governor Bobby Jindal discussing his proposals for education reform and state employee pension reform during his opening address; State Representatives Pat Smith and John Bel Edwards expressing their concerns over these proposals during the first ever Democratic Response to the Governor’s Address; Secretary James LeBlanc of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections testifying on Governor Jindal’s plan to privatize a state prison in Avoyelles Parish; State Representative Pat Smith voicing her concerns on the privatization plan; Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police testifying on the improvements to the state crime lab; highlights from a rally held by public school teachers on the steps of the State Capitol against Governor Jindal’s education reform plan; an interview with teacher Durlin Ancelet at the rally; and Governor Bobby Jindal testifying before the House Education Committee on his plan. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford