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Legislative Report – April 30, 1984

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: 1984-04-30

Duration: 00:25:15

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | Edwards, Edwin W. | Hainkel, John J. | Nunez, Samuel B., Jr.


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Speaker
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 30, 1984, features Beth Courtney and Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson reports on the day’s headlines, including highlights of Governor Edwin Edwards discussing his executive order placing a moratorium on shell dredging and State Representative John Hainkel discussing the need to cut state spending. Next, Johnson reports on the process of getting a bill passed in the Legislature. Lastly, Courtney and Johnson conduct an in-studio interview with Senate President Sammy Nunez. He discusses: the record number of bills filed in the session; cutting the state budget; his disagreement with a recent report by the Legislative Auditor; the Legislature’s operating budget; State Representative Hainkel’s proposal to privatize the Charity Hospital system; the possibility of closing some colleges and universities around the state; and the difficulty in cutting the budget of the State Police.