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Mike Hasten

From: Shreveport Times. Com

 

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BATON ROUGE — Lafayette lawmakers on a conference committee say that if the state is going to ban sexually explicit broadcasting on the Lafayette Utility System’s cable programming, it should be banned statewide.

Legislation by Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, prohibits a public entity from purchasing or selling materials that contain certain sexually explicit conduct.

The bill was approved by the House and Senate, but Sen. Mike Michot, R-Lafayette, attached an amendment that essentially exempts LUS since it is the state’s only publicly owned cable television system.

Jones got the House to reject the amendment, sending the bill to a conference committee to work out a compromise. Jones said he wants to remove Michot’s amendment and pass the bill as written.

Michot and Rep. Joel Robideaux, members appointed to a panel to reach a compromise over Jones’ HB142, say they don’t like sexually explicit broadcasting and believe it should be banned from all cable TV systems.

Michot said other senators appointed to the conference committee — Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, and Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe — agree with a statewide ban on sexually explicit programming.

Reps. Page Cortez and Nancy Landry, both R-Lafayette, said they agree.

“Nobody in this room thinks LUS should be in that business,” Cortez said Wednesday at a gathering of the Lafayette lawmakers.

“But if some are, LUS shouldn’t be prohibited,” Robideaux said.

Michot said establishing the LUS cable system was “a hard-fought battle” with cable providers. The agreement that it could offer the same type of programming was “hashed out in the Fair Competition Act.”

Michot said he believes it would be good if Louisiana could outlaw the showing of sexually explicit programs, and it would “show that Louisiana has family values, Christian values and is anti-pornography.”

Cortez said it would be appropriate that the idea started in Lafayette, which voted to ban video poker and horse racing.

Those actions led to Evangeline Downs moving to Opelousas.

 

LUS Director Terry Huval first suggested a statewide ban Friday in a conversation with a reporter from The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette.

“If the state wants to pass something like this, it ought to apply to everybody who provides these services, and if it does, we’re fine with it,” Huval said. “We carry that programming because our competitor carries it. It’s already in our community. If our competitor doesn’t carry it, we have no need to carry it.”

Jones said he believes that LUS and Lafayette lawmakers are overreacting. He said the wording in his bill exempts the kinds of shows offered by HBO and Cinemax and works of art.

“Lafayette stuck its nose into something it shouldn’t be in,” Jones said. “I do not think it affects them. The federal definition allows R and the level above that (NC-17).”

“They should take the amendment off and pass the bill,” he said, and that’s his suggestion for the conference committee.

Joining Jones and Robideaux on the House delegation to the conference committee is Rep. Walt Leger of New Orleans.

Jones said the idea of banning any sexually explicit material on cable TV “won’t last five minutes in a federal court. Lafayette interjected itself into something that doesn’t affect them, and they don’t know how to get out.”

Jones said if a workable compromise can’t be reached, “I could just let the bill die.”

Nicholas Persac of The Daily Advertiser contributed to this story.

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June 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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