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Legislative Report – June 7, 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: 1984-06-07

Duration: 00:25:12

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Teacher certification | National teacher examinations | Campaign advertising | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | Teacher pay raises | Political campaigns | Water pollution


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Bares, Allen Speaker
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Speaker
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Leach, Buddy Interviewee
  • Gary, Lee, Jr. Speaker
  • Guarisco, Anthony Interviewee
  • Koch, John Interviewee
  • Swearingen, Lawson Interviewee
  • Cranch, Sonny Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 7, 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: a statement by Governor Edwin Edwards on his new plan to fund teacher pay raises; State Senator Allen Bares and State Senator Armand Brinkhaus debating a bill allowing classified state employees to become involved in political campaigns; an interview with Secretary Pat Norton of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on a bill prohibiting ground water contamination; an interview with State Representative Buddy Leach on his bill raising the minimum age for first grade; and Lee Gary, Jr. of the New Orleans Chamber testifying against a bill allowing teachers who fail the National Teacher Examination (NTE) to become certified. Next, Ekings reports on a bill limiting the amount of time that candidates can run television, radio, and newspaper advertisements during a political campaign. Her report includes interviews with State Senator Anthony Guarisco and John Koch of the Louisiana Press Association. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with State Senator Lawson Swearingen and Sonny Cranch, an advertising executive. They discuss their positions on the political advertising bill.