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Legislative Report – June 28, 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: 1984-06-28

Duration: 00:25:26

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | DOZIER, GIL | Political ethics | STATE BUDGET | Taxes


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Jackson, Johnny Interviewee
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Accardo, Joe Interviewee
  • Hudson, Tommy Interviewee
  • Thiel, Art Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 28, 1984, features Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson first reports on the day’s headlines. These stories include: Governor Edwin Edwards signing the $17.5 million bail-out for the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans; President Ronald Reagan reducing the sentence of former Agriculture Commissioner Gil Dozier to six years; interviews with State Representative Bo Ackal and State Representative Johnny Jackson on the City of New Orleans asking for an extension to pay back a $15 million loan from the state; interviews with Senate President Sammy Nunez and Speaker of the House John Alario on the possibility of the session finishing early; an interview with Secretary Pat Norton of the Department of Environmental Quality; and an interview with State Representative Joe Accardo, the chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, on his opposition to a bill allowing lobbyists to provide legislators with free transportation, lodging and entertainment. Johnson and Ekings then conduct an in-studio interview with State Senator Tommy Hudson and Art Thiel, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR). They discuss the Legislature’s handling of the state budget at the session.