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Legislative Report – June 26, 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: 1984-06-26

Duration: 00:25:37

Subjects: Women's issues | Alexander, Stephanie | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | Day care centers | DRINKING AGE | EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Rayburn, Sixty Interviewee
  • Jackson, Alphonse Interviewee
  • Johnson, Jon Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mary Interviewee
  • Durbin, Maurice Interviewee
  • Kelly, Don Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 26, 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: an interview with State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, on the status of the state budget; the Legislative Fiscal Office estimating that the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans will lose at least $66 million; an interview with State Representative Alphonse Jackson on the status of the bill requiring the licensing of day care centers; an interview with State Representative Jon Johnson on his bill raising the minimum drinking age to 21; and an interview with State Representative Mary Landrieu on the status of the legislative package related to women’s issues. Johnson and Ekings then conduct an in-studio interview with Maurice Durbin, a lobbyist for the Louisiana Women’s Network, and State Senator Don Kelly. They discuss: the status of the bills in the women’s legislative package, including the licensing of day care centers, child support reform, domestic violence reform, and adding spouses to the sexual battery law; the work of Commissioner of Administration Stephanie Alexander; the lack of women in the Louisiana Senate; Durbin’s position as the first full-time lobbyist for women’s issues; and the status of the Equal Rights Amendment.