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Legislative Report – May 22, 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: 1984-05-22

Duration: 00:24:38

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana. Department of State Civil Service | Political campaigns | AFSCME | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics | Government | Taxes | Martin Luther King, Jr., Day | Banking Industry


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • McKeithen, Fox Interviewee
  • Jones, Charles Interviewee
  • Miller, Martin Interviewee
  • Saunders, John Speaker
  • Barham, Charles Speaker
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Interviewee
  • Accardo, Joe Interviewee
  • Sullivan, Daniel E. Interviewee
  • Lloyd, Linda Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 22, 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 Governor Edwin Edwards on his efforts to garner support for his $293 million tax plan to fund teacher pay raises; an interview with State Representative Fox McKeithen on his efforts to keep farm-related sales tax exemptions in place; an interview with State Representative Charles Jones on his bill establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday; an interview with Martin Miller of Hibernia National Bank on his support for the multi-parish banking bill; and State Senator John Saunders and State Senator Charles Barham debating the multi-parish banking bill on the Senate floor. Next, Ekings reports on a bill allowing classified state employees to become involved in political campaigns. Her report includes interviews with State Senator Armand Brinkhaus and State Representative Joe Accardo. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with Daniel E. Sullivan, the executive vice president of the Louisiana Civil Service League, and Linda Lloyd of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). They discuss their positions on the bill allowing classified state employees to become involved in political campaigns.