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Legislative Report - May 28, 1986

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: 1986-05-28

Duration: 00:27:26

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1986 | PORTS | Gambling | Horse racing | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Long, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Jackson, Alphonse Interviewee
  • Lafon, Rodney Interviewee
  • Lauricella, Hank Speaker
  • Mintz, Donald Speaker
  • Schreiber, Eugene Speaker
  • Patti, Frank Speaker
  • Jetson, Raymond Speaker
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Lowman, Jack Speaker
  • Roussel, Louis, Jr. Speaker
  • Robson, John Speaker
  • Haik, Ted Interviewee
  • D'Gerolamo, Eddie Interviewee
  • Donelon, Jim Speaker
  • Ripoli, Bud Speaker
  • Jones, Charles R. Speaker
  • Downer, Hunt Interviewee
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Interviewee
  • Hardin, Ed Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 28, 1986, features Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1986 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson first reports on the day’s headlines. These stories include: an interview with State Representative Jimmy Long on a bill cutting student fees for college athletic programs; an interview with State Representative Alphonse Jackson on his bills requiring mandatory kindergarten and reducing classroom sizes; and an interview with Rodney Lafon, a high school principal, on his opposition to cuts to the Special Program to Upgrade Reading. Next, Karen Nachman reports on the Senate Commerce Committee deferring a bill creating a single Port of Louisiana. Her report includes testimony by State Senator Hank Lauricella, Donald Mintz of the Port of New Orleans, Eugene Schreiber of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, and State Representative Frank Patti. Laura Myers then reports on the House Criminal Justice Committee deferring a bill banning parimutuel betting on horse racing. Her report includes: State Representative Raymond Jetson testifying on his bill; State Representative Woody Jenkins questioning Jetson; testimony by Jack Lowman, horse breeder, Louis Roussel, Jr., attorney, and John Robson, gambling opponent; interviews with State Representatives Ted Haik and Eddie D’Gerolamo; State Representative Jim Donelon questioning the bill; and State Representatives Ted Haik, Raymond Jetson, Bud Ripoll, and Charles R. Jones debating the bill on the House floor. Next, Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with State Representative Hunt Downer, who discusses the status of the gambling bills still under consideration at the session. Lastly, Myers reports on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approving a bill allowing college professors and administrators to receive supplemental pay and other benefits. Her report includes interviews with State Representative Armand Brinkhaus and Ed Hardin of Common Cause.