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Legislative Report – June 24, 1985

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: 1985-06-24

Duration: 00:26:35

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1985 | Tax exemptions | Gasohol | ETHANOL | Offshore oil and gas leases | Education | Housing


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Leach, Buddy Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Jumonville, J.E. Speaker
  • Morrison, Tony Interviewee
  • Buckingham, Neil Interviewee
  • Johnson, Jon Speaker
  • Dastugue, Quentin Speaker
  • Hudson, Tommy Speaker
  • Steimel, Ed Speaker
  • Lentini, Sal Interviewee
  • Forster, Garey Speaker
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee
  • Jones, Charles D. Interviewee
  • Jackson, Johnny Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 24, 1985, features Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Laura Myers first reports on the Senate Finance Committee approving a bill subsidizing gasohol and ethanol producers. Her report touches on the 16 cents a gallon gasoline tax exemption already in place for gasohol producers. It includes: testimony by State Representative Buddy Leach and Governor Edwin Edwards; State Senator J.E. Jumonville questioning Governor Edwards; and interviews with Tony Morrison of the Mississippi River Alcohol Company and Neil Buckingham of the Shell Oil Company. Johnson then reports on the day’s headlines. These stories include: State Representatives Jon Johnson and Quentin Dastugue speaking in favor of a bill banning smoking in public places; State Senator Tommy Hudson, Governor Edwin Edwards, and Ed Steimel of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) testifying in the House Appropriations Committee on the allocation of the 8g offshore oil and gas royalties settlement; an interview with Kenner Police Chief Sal Lentini on his concerns about the near bankrupt Louisiana State Police retirement system merging with the municipal police retirement system; State Representative Garey Forster testifying on his bill amending the joint custody law; and an interview with State Representative Manny Fernandez on the defeat of a resolution to study the parental authority over a minor child’s estate. Lastly, Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with State Representatives Charles D. Jones and Johnny Jackson, Jr. They discuss: the Legislative Black Caucus’ priorities; their view on the education reform package; the allocation of the 8g settlement; and the fair housing act.