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Legislative Report – June 21, 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: 1984-06-21

Duration: 00:25:38

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Taxes | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | Campaign Finance | Capital Punishment | Lethal injection (Execution) | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Steimel, Ed Speaker
  • Laborde, Raymond Speaker
  • Kiefer, Nat Speaker
  • Swearingen, Lawson Interviewee
  • Kennard, Donald Ray Interviewee
  • Jefferson, William Interviewee
  • Donelon, Jim Interviewee
  • Sheley, Joseph Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 21, 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: Ed Steimel of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and State Representative Raymond Laborde testifying on the increase in the corporate franchise tax; State Senator Nat Kiefer discussing the proposed $17.5 million bail-out of the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans; and an interview with State Senator Lawson Swearingen on the creation of a study committee on campaign finance. Next, Ekings reports on a bill changing the method of capital punishment from the electric chair to lethal injection. Her report includes interviews with State Representative Donald Ray Kennard and State Senator William Jefferson. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with State Representative Jim Donelon and Joseph Sheley, the president of the Louisiana ACLU. They discuss the lethal injection bill.