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Legislative Report – May 25, 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: 1984-05-25

Duration: 00:24:46

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | Teacher pay raises | Agriculture | FARMERS | Tax exemptions | Louisiana Farm Bureau


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Bussie, Victor Speaker
  • Saunders, John Speaker
  • Barham, Charles Speaker
  • Hebert, Dennis Interviewee
  • Thompson, Francis Interviewee
  • Rimes, Billy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 25, 1984, features Beth Courtney, Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson first reports on the week’s headlines. Next, Ekings reports on the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation’s opposition to Governor Edwin Edwards’ $293 million tax plan to fund teacher pay raises due to the proposal to remove agriculture-related sales tax exemptions. Her report includes an interview with State Representative Dennis Hebert. Lastly, Courtney conducts an in-studio interview with State Representative Francis Thompson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and the Rural Caucus, and Billy Rimes, a lobbyist with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. They discuss their opposition to the removal of the agriculture-related sales tax exemptions.