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Legislative Report – July 4, 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: 1985-07-04

Duration: 00:27:31

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1985 | Education | SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION | Kindergarten | STATE BUDGET | McKeithen, W. Fox | DONELON, JIM


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Donelon, Jim Interviewee
  • McKeithen, Fox Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from July 4, 1985, features Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. He conducts an in-studio interview with State Representatives Jim Donelon and Fox McKeithen about the major issues of the session. They discuss: their support of shortening future sessions based on the system used under the previous state constitution; the passage of the bill changing the Superintendent of Education from an elective to an appointive position; Governor Edwin Edwards’ education reform package; the need to increase teacher salaries; the passage of a bill requiring mandatory kindergarten; the state budget; and their opposition to allocating $100 million of the 8g offshore oil and gas royalties settlement to local governments