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Legislative Report – May 31, 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: 1984-05-31

Duration: 00:24:47

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | Labor | Unions | RIGHT TO WORK | DRINKING AGE | Louisiana. Department of Natural Resources. Environmental Control Commission | PORTS | Banking Industry


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Kiefer, Nat Speaker
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Speaker
  • Bagert, Ben Speaker
  • Tippe, Richard Speaker
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Lauricella, Hank Interviewee
  • Doty, Jerry Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • McCoy, Charles Speaker
  • Easterly, Richard Speaker
  • Whitmore, Wil Interviewee
  • Easterly, Richard Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 31, 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: State Senator Nat Kiefer and State Senator Armand Brinkhaus debating the repeal of right to work on the Senate floor; State Senator Ben Bagert discussing the agency shop bill on the Senate floor; Richard Tippe of the National Safety Council testifying in favor of raising the legal minimum drinking age; an interview with State Representative Manny Fernandez on his bill replacing the Environmental Control Commission with the Hazardous Waste Review Board; an interview with Governor Edwin Edwards on his plan to keep his $293 million tax plan alive for a House floor vote; an interview with State Senator Hank Lauricella on the defeat of his bill consolidating five Mississippi River ports into the Port of Louisiana; and lobbyist Jerry Doty imitating former Governor Earl K. Long at a meeting of the Association of Builders and Contractors. Next, Ekings reports on the House Commerce Committee hearing on the multi-parish banking bill. Her report includes highlights of the testimony by Governor Edwin Edwards, bank chairman Charles McCoy, and bank president Richard Easterly. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with Richard Easterly, the president of Capital Bank in Baton Rouge, and Wil Whitmore, the president of the First National Bank in Houma. They discuss their positions on the multi-parish banking bill.