If you just have time for one try John Hill's story in the Gannett papers. He has some particularly juicy bits about what BellSouth's lobbyists think ought to happen next with their bill. But he focuses, at this late date, on giving a full background for understanding the bill and what it means. He looks at what the bill means to local communities, examines the technologies involved, explains the politics of pre and post '74 home rule communities, and has the juiciest quotes from participants in the debate. He also is the only writer to pick up on the "one letter" amendment Michot hopes will exempt Lafayette from the law. Very nicely done, but don't take too seriously his belief that IPTV, the underlying video technology AT&T uses, belongs to or was created by Microsoft. Not true--and they've yet to make their version work acceptably, contrary to the glowing picture painted in the article.
The Advocate's Millhollon does the best job of understanding the crucial Senate amendments concern "information services" that have the lobbyists in John Hill's story were likely worried about and provides intriguing detail on the debate itself.
By comparison the T-P article is pretty mundane. Thought Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes were hotbeds of opposition to the bill the Times-Picayune hasn't done enough reporting on telecom issues to have a good background on the story.
The Advertiser article has an interesting sidebar that contains the following info:
Heels: Sens. Butch Gautreaux, Nick Gautreaux, Mike Michot*, Donald Hines and Gerald Theunissen
*Michot's vote may well have been in trade for the amendment he hopes will exempt Lafyette from the bill, so he gets an asterisk. However, it is far from certain that even if the law passes with that intact it won't still allow BellSouth/AT&T to entangle all the big municipalities through language forbidding the exempted municipalities from passing any ordinances which run contrary to the bill. That's a nice, juicy target for harrassing lawsuits. The Bell companies have a long history of suing their opponents into submission and I, for one, am not reassured.