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Legislative Report - June 11, 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: 1986-06-11

Duration: 00:25:45

Subjects: Drunk driving | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1986 | STATE BUDGET | HIGHER EDUCATION | DRINKING AGE


  • Myers, Laura Host
  • Nachman, Karen Host
  • Jumonville, J.E. Interviewee
  • Swearingen, Lawson Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Bella, V.J. Interviewee
  • Dimos, Jimmy Speaker
  • Bruneau, Peppi Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Koch, John Interviewee
  • Brown, Jim Interviewee
  • Kelly, Dee Interviewee
  • Hebert, Murray Interviewee
  • Copelin, Sherman Speaker
  • Arceneaux, William Speaker
  • Bussie, Victor Speaker
  • Kennard, Donald Speaker
  • Lowenthal, Margaret Speaker
  • Ripoll, Bud Interviewee
  • Magdoff, Laura Interviewee
  • McKeithen, Marjorie Interviewee
  • Kelly, Don Interviewee
  • Newman, Cliff Speaker
  • Kelly, Don Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 11, 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 J.E. Jumonville and Lawson Swearingen on the ongoing state budget debate; an interview with Ed Steimel of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) on his view that liability insurance rates will increase; an interview with State Representative V.J. Bella on his bill authorizing the use of inmate labor on prison construction projects; State Representative Jimmy Dimos testifying on his bill authorizing the court to order a person convicted of a misdemeanor to participate in a work-day release program; an interview with State Representative Peppi Bruneau on the defeat of his bill moving the Department of Urban and Community Affairs to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office; an interview with Secretary Pat Norton of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on the bill eliminating her agency; an interview with lobbyist John Koch on his concerns about a bill exempting attorney’s records from the public records law; an interview with Secretary of State Jim Brown on the defeat of a campaign finance reform bill; an interview with Dee Kelly of the Louisiana Assistance Program on a bill requiring the State Fire Marshal’s Office to inspect family child daycare homes; and an interview with State Representative Murray Hebert on a bill eliminating the use of purse seine fishing nets in Louisiana waters. Next, Myers reports on the House Governmental Affairs Committee approving a bill allowing university faculty or staff members to profit from patents, copyrights, or royalties. Her report includes State Representative Sherman Copelin questioning the bill, as well as testimony by Dr. William Arceneaux of the Board of Regents and Victor Bussie of the Louisiana AFL-CIO. Nachman then reports on the House Criminal Justice Committee approving a bill raising the minimum drinking age to 21. Her report includes State Representative Donald Kennard offering an amendment to the bill and State Representative Margaret Lowenthal testifying on the bill. Next, Myers conducts an in-studio interview with Laura Magdoff of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Marjorie McKeithen, LSU student. They discuss the bill raising the minimum drinking age. Lastly, Myers presents an interview with State Senator Don Kelly on the ongoing state budget debate in the Senate, as well as highlights of State Senators Cliff Newman and Don Kelly debating the bill.