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Legislative Report – May 21, 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: 1984-05-21

Duration: 00:25:38

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | Louisiana Public Service Commission | Environment | CREATIONISM | BLUE LAWS | Small business | Banking Industry


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Windhorst, Fritz Interviewee
  • Guste, William Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Speaker
  • Keith, Bill Interviewee
  • Dastugue, Quentin Interviewee
  • Miller, Louis Interviewee
  • Adley, Robert Interviewee
  • Perez, Nicholas, Jr. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 21, 1984, features Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson first reports on the day’s headlines. These stories include: an interview with State Senator Fritz Windhorst on the multi-parish banking bill; an interview with Attorney General William Guste on his support of a bill allowing his office to represent utility rate payers before the Louisiana Public Service Commission; Secretary Pat Norton of the Department of Environmental Quality speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club about her concerns over ground water contamination in the state; and an interview with former State Senator Bill Keith on his opposition to the repeal of his 1981 scientific creationism law. Next, Ekings reports on a bill allowing a local option for repealing the Sunday closing laws, or blue laws. Her report includes interviews with State Representative Quentin Dastugue, the bill’s sponsor, and Louis Miller, a hardware store manager in Baton Rouge. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with State Representative Robert Adley and Nicholas Perez, Jr., the president of the Louisiana Retailers Association. They discuss: the impact of the repeal of the Sunday closing laws on small businesses; the current enforcement of the law; and their position on the local option bill.