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Legislative Report - June 10, 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: 1986-06-10

Duration: 00:25:42

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1986 | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana -- Officials and employees


  • Myers, Laura Host
  • Nachman, Karen Host
  • Hollis, Ken Interviewee
  • Turnley, Richard Interviewee
  • Ginn, David Interviewee
  • Smith, Charlie Interviewee
  • Nicholson, Elwyn Interviewee
  • Moore, Henson Interviewee
  • Reilly, Kevin, Sr. Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Elliott, Byron Interviewee
  • Gendel, Patrice Interviewee
  • Dastugue, Quentin Interviewee
  • Newman, Jewel Interviewee
  • Neeson, Richard Interviewee
  • Lynn, Bruce Interviewee
  • Bella, V.J. Interviewee
  • Gomez, Ron Speaker
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Alexander, Stephanie Interviewee
  • Webb, Garland Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 10, 1986, features Laura Myers and Karen Nachman hosting a daily legislative report on the 1986 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. They first report on the day’s headlines. These stories include: interviews with State Senators Ken Hollis, Richard Turnley, and David Ginn on the state budget; an interview with construction lobbyist Charles Smith on the defeat of a bill allowing three employer representatives on the state’s apprenticeship council; an interview with State Senator Elwyn Nicholson on his resolution suspending the Sunday closing laws, or blue laws, immediately; an interview with Congressman Henson Moore on his concerns about the allocation of the 8g settlement money; an interview with State Representative Kevin Reilly on the defeat of a bill requiring the use of generic drugs in the Medicaid drug program; and an interview with Secretary Pat Norton of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on Louisiana’s recognition as a leader in the underground storage of hazardous waste. Next, Myers reports on the doctors and medical residents lobbying for the restoration of the budget cuts to the state’s Charity Hospital System. Her report includes interviews with: Byron Elliott of Charity Hospital; Patrice Gendel of the Tulane Medical Center; and State Representative Quentin Dastugue. Nachman and Myers then continue reporting on the day’s headlines. These stories include: an interview with State Representative Jewel Newman on his bill requiring proof of insurance when registering a motor vehicle; an interview with State Senator Richard Neeson on his bill creating an Adopt-a-Road program to control litter; and an interview with State Representative Bruce Lynn on the defeat of his bill outlawing electronic bingo. Next, Nachman reports on the problems facing the state’s retirement systems, including an interview with State Representative V.J. Bella. Myers then presents highlights of State Representative Ron Gomez debating a bill related to liability. Next, Nachman presents highlights of State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn debating the state budget on the Senate floor. Myers then presents an interview with Governor Edwin Edwards on the possibility that state employees will not be paid in July if a balanced state budget is not passed. Lastly, Myers conducts an in-studio interview with Commissioner of Administration Stephanie Alexander and Garland Webb of AFSCME. They discuss the possible lay-off of state employees due to the proposed state budget cuts.