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Legislative Report – April 30, 1985

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: 1985-04-30

Duration: 00:25:49

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | RIGHT TO WORK | PORTS | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1985 | Shipping


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Thompson, Mike Speaker
  • Bares, Allen Speaker
  • Long, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Bajoie, Diana Interviewee
  • Thompson, Francis Interviewee
  • Heitmeier, Francis Interviewee
  • Turnley, Richard Interviewee
  • Forster, Garey Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee
  • Haik, Ted Interviewee
  • Lauricella, Hank Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 30, 1985, features Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson first reports on the day’s headlines. Laura Myers then reports on a few of the last minute bills filed for the session. Her report includes: highlights from a press conference given by State Representative Mike Thompson and State Senator Allen Bares on their legislation putting right to work into the state constitution; an interview with State Representative Jimmy Long on his education reform bills; an interview with State Representative Diana Bajoie on her amusement ride safety bill; an interview with State Representative Francis Thompson on his gasohol production bills; an interview with State Representative Francis Heitmeier on his bill allowing gambling cruises to nowhere; an interview with State Senator Richard Turnley on his DWI penalties bill; an interview with State Representative Garey Forster on the growing legislative independence; and an interview with State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn on the state budget deficit and the right to work legislation. Lastly, Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with State Representative Ted Haik and State Senator Hank Lauricella on the future of the shipping industry in Louisiana. They discuss: the duplication of effort between Louisiana ports; the problems facing deep water and shallow draft ports; the role of the ports in future economic development projects; and their efforts to coordinate the activities of all of the ports statewide.