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Legislative Report – April 24, 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: 1985-04-24

Duration: 00:26:37

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1985 | School discipline | CHILD SUPPORT | Hazardous substances | Environment | Emergency management


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mary Interviewee
  • Jefferson, William Interviewee
  • Crowe, Carl Speaker
  • Phillips, Joan Interviewee
  • Bassanni, Bonnie Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Loy, Fred Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 24, 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: an interview with Speaker of the House John Alario on the funding for the Governor’s education reform package and the possibility of a Special Session; an interview with State Representative Joe Delpit on his bill requiring school discipline to be carried out in the classroom; and an interview with State Representative Mary Landrieu on a child support reform bill. Next, Laura Myers reports on the Senate Natural Resources Committee approving an emergency preparedness bill that requires companies to report the presence of hazardous materials. Her report includes: an interview with State Senator William Jefferson, the bill’s sponsor; Carl Crowe of the Louisiana AFL-CIO testifying in favor of the bill; and interviews with Joan Phillips of the Sierra Club and Bonnie Bassanni, a Senate staff attorney. Lastly, Ken Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with Secretary Pat Norton of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Fred Loy, the executive vice president of the Louisiana Chemical Association. They discuss: Senator Jefferson’s bill; whether it qualifies as a right to know bill; DEQ increasing permit fees; and cleaning up abandoned hazardous waste sites around the state.