User Login

Login Access

Search the Collections

The Senate’s Secret Ballots (2019)

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: 2019-12-13

Duration: 00:05:16

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature. Senate | Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc. | Open meetings law | Transparency in government


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Interviewee


This segment from the December 6, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on the Louisiana State Senate’s rule to use secret ballots in order to elect a new Senate president. He interviews Robert Travis Scott, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), who discusses: PAR’s call for the Senate to repeal the rule; their view that the secret ballot violates the state’s open meetings law; and the reports that State Senator Page Cortez will be elected as the new Senate president.