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Legislative Report – July 3, 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: 1984-07-03

Duration: 00:25:35

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | CAPITAL OUTLAY | Day care centers | Dogfighting | Teacher pay raises | Taxes


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Leach, Buddy Speaker
  • Baker, Richard Interviewee
  • Bajoie, Diana Speaker
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Windhorst, Fritz Speaker
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Speaker
  • Epling, Carrel Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Interviewee
  • Bruneau, Peppi Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from July 3, 1984, features Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson and Ekings first report on the day’s headlines. These stories include: State Representative Buddy Leach, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging the House to reject the $106 million in Senate amendments to the capital outlay bill; an interview with State Representative Richard Baker on the House’s vote to reject the capital outlay bill; State Representative Diana Bajoie and State Representative Woody Jenkins debating the conference committee report on a bill requiring the mandatory licensing of day care centers; State Senator Fritz Windhorst and State Senator Armand Brinkhaus debating a bill making dog fighting a felony; and Carrel Epling, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, discussing her plan to keep pushing for 10% teacher pay raises. Johnson and Ekings then conduct an in-studio interview with State Representative John Hainkel and State Representative Peppi Bruneau, two members of the Conservative Caucus. They discuss: their disagreement with the $734 million in tax increases passed during the March special session; the increase in the gasoline tax; their recommended spending cuts; and Governor Edwin Edwards’ influence in the House.