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Legislative Report – May 28, 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: 1985-05-28

Duration: 00:26:01

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1985 | Gambling | Lotteries | Louisiana Association of Educators | Education


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Dastugue, Quentin Speaker
  • Forster, Garey Interviewee
  • Dewitt, Charles Speaker
  • Bagert, Ben Interviewee
  • Nicholson, Elwyn Speaker
  • Jefferson, William Speaker
  • Robson, John Speaker
  • Guarisco, Anthony Speaker
  • Casey, Tom Interviewee
  • Budd, Virginia Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 28, 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: State Representative Quentin Dastugue speaking in favor of repealing the prevailing wage law; an interview with State Representative Garey Forster on the House Transportation Committee approving a mandatory seat belt bill for passengers in the front seat; State Representative Charles Dewitt testifying in favor of a bill equalizing the distribution of the revenue generated by the tobacco tax; and an interview with State Senator Ben Bagert on the status of his bill legalizing casino gambling in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Next, Laura Myers reports on the Senate Judiciary C Committee defeating two bills legalizing a state lottery. It includes testimony and comments by: State Senator Elwyn Nicholson; State Senator William Jefferson; Dr. John Robson, a Baton Rouge minister; and State Senator Anthony Guarisco. She also interviews State Senator Tom Casey, who discusses the committee’s approval of a bill allowing gambling on cruises to nowhere from New Orleans. Lastly, Johnson interviews Virginia Budd, the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators. She discusses her organization’s opposition to several of the bills in Governor Edwin Edwards’ education reform package.