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2017 Legislative Session, Week 6

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: 2017-05-19

Duration: 00:06:24

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2017 | Monuments | Confederate States of America | Capital Punishment | Taxes | Criminal justice, Administration of


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Forgey, Quint Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Martiny, Danny Speaker
  • Adams, Pete Interviewee


This segment from the May 19, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Quint Forgey’s recap of the sixth week of the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: members of the Legislative Black Caucus walking off the House floor following the passage of a bill requiring a public vote before the removal of Confederate monuments; Governor John Bel Edwards calling the bill divisive; the defeat of a bill that abolishes the death penalty in Louisiana; State Representative Gene Reynolds pulling his bill expanding the state’s sales tax after the defeat of several other bills in Governor Edwards’ tax package; a press conference with Governor John Bel Edwards and State Senator Danny Martiny discussing a compromise with state sheriffs and district attorneys on the criminal justice reform package; and an interview with Pete Adams of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association on the need to study a proposal to organize all felonies into seven classes. Host: Andre Moreau