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Legislative Report – April 17, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-04-17

Duration: 00:25:17

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | CREATIONISM | Taxes | Government | Education | STATE BUDGET | Retirement | RIGHT TO WORK


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Gee, Terry Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Thiel, Art Interviewee
  • Pliner, Emogene Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Nelson, Sydney Interviewee
  • O'Neal, B.F. Interviewee
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Interviewee
  • Hudson, Tommy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 17, 1984, features Robyn Ekings and Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. It includes: an interview with State Representative Terry Gee on his bill repealing the state’s creationism law; a look at the state’s budget deficit and an outline of Governor Edwin Edwards’ proposed programs; an in-studio interview with State Representative Raymond Laborde and State Senator Sydney Nelson; and interviews with State Representative B.F. O’Neal, Senate President Sammy Nunez, State Representative Peppi Bruneau, and State Senator Tommy Hudson on their reactions to Governor Edwards’ opening address. During their in-studio interview, Laborde and Nelson discuss: whether the state would have closed public hospitals and nursing homes if taxes had not been raised during the March Special Session; their reaction to Governor Edwards’ criticism of his opponents during his opening address; the possible repeal of some of the taxes raised during the Special Session; pay raises for teachers and state employees; possible spending cuts; education as Governor Edwards’ top priority; the state employee retirement system; and the possible repeal of right to work.