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Legislative Report – May 29, 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: 1984-05-29

Duration: 00:25:34

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | Capital Punishment | Motorcycle helmets | Labor | Lotteries | Day care centers | Taxes | Teacher pay raises


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Kiefer, Nat Interviewee
  • Krause, John Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Nicholson, Elywn Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Bajoie, Diana Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Slacks, Lorraine Interviewee
  • Ullo, Chris Interviewee
  • Leach, Buddy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 29, 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 Senator Nat Kiefer on his bill changing the method of capital punishment from the electric chair to lethal injection; an interview with John Krause of the American Motorcycle Association on the attempted repeal of the motorcycle helmet law; an interview with Victor Bussie, the president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, on two labor-related bills; an interview with State Senator Elwyn Nicholson on his two bills creating a lottery; and State Representative Woody Jenkins and State Representative Diana Bajoie debating a bill on the House floor that requires the licensing of day care centers. Next, Ekings reports on the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Governor Edwin Edwards’ $293 million tax plan to fund teacher pay raises. Her report includes highlights of Governor Edwards’ testimony and an interview with Lorraine Slacks, the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE). Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with State Representative Chris Ullo and State Representative Buddy Leach, members of the House Ways and Means Committee. They discuss the amendments to the day care licensing bill and their hearing on the Governor’s tax plan.