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Legislative Session Preview (1989)

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: 1989-04-14

Duration: 00:27:43

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1989 | Lotteries | Gambling | STATE BUDGET | Education | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Ullo, Chris Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee
  • Ward, Ken Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Ewing, Randy Interviewee
  • Campbell, Foster Interviewee
  • Adley, Robert Interviewee
  • Smith, John Interviewee
  • Long, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Williams, Shirley Interviewee
  • Skelton, Fred Interviewee
  • Terrell, Joe Interviewee
  • Crain, Larry Interviewee
  • Bares, Allen Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 14, 1989, features Ken Lormand and Roger Sockman previewing the major issues of the 1989 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Lormand first reports on the week’s headlines. Next, Sockman reports on the multiple proposals to create a statewide lottery. He interviews: State Senator Chris Ullo; Ed Steimel, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI); Governor Buddy Roemer; and Ken Ward of the Coalition against Legalizing the Lottery in Louisiana. Sockman then reports on the state budget and possible budget cuts depending on the outcome of the April 29th tax reform plan election. He interviews: State Representative Raymond Laborde; State Senator Randy Ewing; State Senator Foster Campbell; State Representative Robert Adley; State Representative John Smith; and State Representative Jimmy Long. Next, Lormand reports on the K-12 education proposals under consideration, including teacher pay raises and lowering pupil-teacher ratios. He interviews Shirley Williams, the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, and Fred Skelton, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. Lastly, Sockman reports on Governor Roemer’s proposal to consolidate the four higher education management boards. He interviews: Governor Roemer; Joe Terrell, the chairman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors; Dr. Larry Crain, the system president for the Board of Trustees; State Senator Foster Campbell; Senate President Allen Bares; State Senator Randy Ewing; and State Representative Jimmy Long.