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Legislative Report – June 8, 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: 1984-06-08

Duration: 00:24:49

Subjects: Teacher pay raises | Workers' compensation | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Unions | Labor | Business


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Hunt, Hubert Speaker
  • Flory, Gordon Speaker
  • Sevario, Joseph Interviewee
  • Ullo, Chris Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Flory, Gordon Interviewee
  • Whitfield, John Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 8, 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 day’s headlines. These stories include Hubert Hunt and Gordon Flory of the Louisiana AFL-CIO testifying on an agency shop bill, as well as interviews with State Senator Joe Sevario and State Representative Chris Ullo on Governor Edwin Edwards’ revised plan to fund teacher pay raises. Next, Ekings reports on a bill that overhauls the state’s workers’ compensation system, including the elimination of the Office of Workmen’s Compensation. Her report includes interviews with Victor Bussie, the president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, and Ed Steimel, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). Lastly, Courtney conducts an in-studio interview with Gordon Flory, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, and John Whitfield, the former director of the Office of Workmen’s Compensation. They discuss the workers’ compensation bill.