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Legislative Report - June 18, 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: 1986-06-18

Duration: 00:26:39

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1986 | Campaign Finance | Transparency in government


  • Myers, Laura Host
  • Nachman, Karen Host
  • Ackal, Bo Interviewee
  • Leach, Buddy Interviewee
  • Brady, Bud Speaker
  • Nicholson, Elwyn Speaker
  • Ward, Ken Speaker
  • Doucet, Eddie Interviewee
  • Dimos, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Edwards, Marion Interviewee
  • Bradley, Allen Interviewee
  • Freeman, Bobby Speaker
  • Sibille, Winfred Speaker
  • Williams, Shirley Speaker
  • O'Neal, B.F. Speaker
  • Caldwell, Buddy Interviewee
  • Accardo, Joseph Speaker
  • Pasqua, Charlie Speaker
  • Picard, Cecil Speaker
  • Jefferson, William Speaker
  • Chabert, Leonard Speaker
  • Madden, Roberta Interviewee
  • Hardin, Ed Interviewee
  • Campbell, Foster Speaker
  • Jumonville, J.E. Speaker
  • Lauricella, Hank Speaker
  • Windhorst, Fritz Speaker
  • DeGravelles, John Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from June 18, 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: an interview with State Representative Bo Ackal on the passage of a bill allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to hire a private hospital management firm to run one of the Charity Hospitals for three years; an interview with State Representative Buddy Leach, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; State Representative Bud Brady testifying on his bill allowing the state to sell the Superdome in New Orleans; State Senator Elywn Nicholson and Ken Ward of the Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation testifying on a resolution suspending the Sunday closing laws, or blue laws, until the repeal of the law goes into effect in December; an interview with State Representative Eddie Doucet on his separate resolution suspending the blue laws; interviews with State Representative Jimmy Dimos, Marion Edwards, and State Representative Allen Bradley on a bill requiring the consent of both parties before recording a conversation; Lieutenant Governor Bobby Freeman and Winfred Sibille of the Louisiana School Boards Association testifying on a bill establishing a statewide first day of school for all public schools; Shirley Williams, the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) testifying on a bill requiring a full day of kindergarten; State Representative B.F. O’Neal discussing the kindergarten bill; an interview with District Attorney Buddy Caldwell on a bill requiring attorneys to be present during grand jury hearings; State Representative Joseph Accardo and Charles Pasqua of the Louisiana Municipal Association testifying on a bill requiring local governments to share in the cost of state elections if local issues are on the ballot; and State Senators Cecil Picard, William Jefferson, and Leonard Chabert questioning State Representative Accardo on his bill limiting campaign contributions. Next, Myers conducts an in-studio interview with Roberta Madden and Ed Hardin of Common Cause. They discuss: their campaign finance reform efforts; their views on the bills creating exemptions to the public records law; and their work in ensuring that the state budget process follows the open meetings laws. Lastly, Myers and Nachman continue reporting on the day’s headlines. These stories include: State Senators Foster Campbell, J.E. Jumonville, William Jefferson, and Hank Lauricella debating Campbell’s bill consolidating the higher education management boards; State Senator Fritz Windhorst debating a bill changing the public nuisance laws to allow Al Copeland’s Christmas display to continue; and an interview with John DeGravelles of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network on his concerns about the proposed budget cuts to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.