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Legislative Report – May 17, 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: 1985-05-17

Duration: 00:26:51

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1985 | Politics | Government | Education | Prison overcrowding | Insurance Industry


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Epling, Carrel Interviewee
  • Mouton, Sonny Interviewee
  • Phelps, C. Paul Interviewee
  • Gibson, Bernandine Interviewee
  • Bernard, Sherman Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 17, 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. These stories include: interviews with Carrel Epling, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, and Sonny Mouton, an advisor to the Governor, on the reported modifications to Governor Edwin Edwards’ education reform package; an interview with Secretary C. Paul Phelps of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections on prison overcrowding; and the House Retirement Committee approving three bills. Next, Laura Myers reports on a bill requiring the mandatory licensing of day care centers, including an interview with day care operator Bernandine Gibson. Lastly, Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with Insurance Commissioner Sherman Bernard. He discusses: automobile insurance rates; enforcing compulsory liability; insurance reform; and credit insurance.