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Legislative Report – May 28, 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: 1984-05-28

Duration: 00:24:32

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | WATER SUPPLY | Taxes | Louisiana Charity Hospital System | Group homes for people with mental disabilities | Pearce, Dave L., 1904-1984 | Teacher pay raises


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Reilly, Kevin, Sr. Interviewee
  • Johnson, Jon Interviewee
  • Osterberger, Ken Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mary Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Jackson, Johnny Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Woody Interviewee
  • Downer, Hunt Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 28, 1984, features Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson first reports on the day’s headlines. These stories include: an interview with State Representative Kevin Reilly, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, on the status of the state budget; an interview with State Representative Jon Johnson on his resolution calling for a Joint Legislative Task Force to study drinking water from the Mississippi River; an interview with State Senator Ken Osterberger on a bill allowing the Department of Health and Human Resources to lease Charity Hospitals to private companies; an interview with State Representative Mary Landrieu on her opposition to a bill requiring local approval before a group home for the mentally disabled can be located in a single-family residential neighborhood; and the death of former Agriculture Commissioner Dave Pearce. Next, Ekings reports on Governor Edwin Edwards’ $293 million tax plan to fund teacher pay raises. Her report includes interviews with State Representative Raymond Laborde and State Representative Johnny Jackson, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with State Representative Woody Jenkins and State Representative Hunt Downer. They discuss their positions on the Governor’s tax plan.