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Legislative Session Recap (1978)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1978-07-07

Duration: 00:28:42

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1978 | Louisiana. Legislature | LEGISLATION | STATE BUDGET | MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS | Local transit | Transportation | First use tax | NATURAL GAS | GAS INDUSTRY | Community property | Head and Master Laws | Marriage | Public utilities | Louisiana Public Service Commission | RETIREMENT SYSTEMS | PENSIONS | Women's rights | Politics


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Stephens, Catherine Photographer
  • Wilhelmi, Marcia Photographer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Reilly, Kevin Interviewee
  • Charbonnet, Louis Speaker
  • Baker, Richard Speaker
  • Grisbaum, Charles Speaker
  • Henry, Bubba Speaker
  • Morrison, Toni Speaker
  • Bella, V.J. Speaker
  • Tauzin, Billy Interviewee
  • Simoneaux, Frank Speaker
  • Martin, Selina Speaker
  • Irving, Steve Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Bigby, Walter Interviewee
  • Thiel, Art Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from July 7, 1978, features a recap of the major issues of the 1978 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.  It includes: the debate on the General Appropriations Bill, or state budget; the competing plans for providing aid to the state’s struggling mass transit systems, especially in New Orleans; the passage of the first use tax related to the processing and transporting of offshore natural gas to other states; the passage of an equal management of community property law, which replaces the previous “Head and Master” law for married couples; the failure of two bills that would have changed the ground rules for utility companies to request rate increases from the Public Service Commission; and the need for reform of the state’s public retirement systems, which could be facing bankruptcy.    Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome