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Legislative Report – June 1, 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: 1984-06-01

Duration: 00:25:15

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Bagert, Ben Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Easterly, Richard Speaker
  • Tippe, Richard Speaker
  • Crane, Carl Interviewee
  • Forster, Garey Interviewee
  • Junkin, William Interviewee
  • Arceneaux, William Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 1, 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 potential budget cuts to higher education and whether the state can afford to maintain the current system of colleges and universities. Her report includes interviews with State Representative Carl Crane, State Representative Garey Forster, and William Junkin of the Board of Trustees. Lastly, Courtney conducts an in-studio interview with Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. William Arceneaux and State Representative Garey Forster. They discuss: whether the state has too many colleges and universities; the possibility of changing some four-year institutions to two-year institutions; the Board of Regents’ ongoing evaluation of academic programs; the need for more money to operate the system; and the political implications of closing any college or university in the state.