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Legislative Report – April 18, 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: 1984-04-18

Duration: 00:24:53

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | Lotteries | Gambling


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Speaker
  • Keith, Bill Speaker
  • Braden, Hank Speaker
  • Ensminger, John Interviewee
  • Theriot, Sam Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Nicholson, Elywn Interviewee
  • Ward, Ken Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 18, 1984, features Robyn Ekings and Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson reports on the day’s headlines, including: Governor Edwin Edwards testifying before the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget on state budget cuts; Speaker of the House John Alario filing a bill to loan $10 million to the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans; and a meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE) Textbook Advisory Committee. Next, Ekings reports on State Senator Elwyn Nicholson’s proposed constitutional amendment to create a state lottery. Her report includes highlights from the 1983 debate on the issue, as well as interviews with State Representative John Ensminger, State Representative Sam Theriot, State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn, and State Representative Joe Delpit on their position on the lottery. Lastly, Ekings and Johnson conduct an in-studio interview with State Senator Elywn Nicholson and Ken Ward of the Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation. They discuss the possibility that Nicholson’s state lottery proposal will lead to compulsive gambling in the state, why Nicholson supports the bill, the impact of the lottery on poor citizens, and the possible involvement of organized crime.