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Legislative Report – June 10, 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: 1985-06-10

Duration: 00:26:40

Subjects: STATE BUDGET | Roemer, Buddy | Elections, 1986 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 1986 | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1985 | SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Bares, Allen Speaker
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee
  • Reilly, Kevin, Sr. Interviewee
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Deen, Jesse Speaker
  • Silvia, Bill Interviewee
  • D'Gerolamo, Eddie Interviewee
  • Belella, Gina Speaker
  • Harmon, Holly Speaker
  • Hinton, Gerry Speaker
  • Russell, Weldon Interviewee
  • Newman, Cliff Interviewee
  • Turnley, Richard Speaker
  • Bagneris, Dennis Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 10, 1985, features Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Laura Myers first reports on the disagreement on the bill changing the Superintendent of Education from an elective to an appointive position due to an amendment requiring Senate confirmation of the new superintendent. Her report includes comments by State Senator Allen Bares. Johnson then interviews Speaker of the House John Alario and Senate President Sammy Nunez on the timeline for the state budget hearings. Myers next reports on the ongoing House Appropriations Committee hearings on the state budget and the $100-$200 million budget deficit. Her report includes interviews with State Representatives Kevin Reilly and Raymond Laborde and Bill Silvia of the Board of Regents, as well as comments by State Representative Jesse Deen. Johnson then reports on the day’s other headlines. These stories include: an interview with State Representative Eddie D’Gerolamo on a bill raising the homestead exemption; Gina Belella and Holly Harmon of Trafton Academy testifying in favor of the Missing Children Identification Act, which requires the fingerprinting of public school children; State Senator Gerry Hinton speaking in favor of the bill; an interview with State Representative Weldon Russell on his bill requiring the publication of information about missing children; an interview with State Senator Cliff Newman on his bill establishing a bill of rights for law enforcement officers; State Senator Richard Turnley testifying on his fair housing bill; and an interview with State Senator Dennis Bagneris on his bill related to bar girls. Lastly, Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with Congressman Buddy Roemer. He discusses: whether he’s running in the 1986 United States Senate election; the proposed settlement on the 8g offshore oil and gas royalties; and oil prices.