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Governor Dave Treen's Controversial Special Session Call (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-08-29

Duration: 00:11:35

Subjects: Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Politics | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1980 | Louisiana. Legislature | SPECIAL SESSIONS | CAPITAL OUTLAY | Construction projects


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • O'Keefe, Michael Interviewee
  • Guste, William Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Interviewee


This segment from the August 29, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the controversy surrounding Governor Dave Treen’s call of the special session of the Legislature with a limit on the construction projects that can be considered in the capital outlay bill. This report includes: the reaction of legislators; a press conference with Attorney General William Guste explaining the rights of the Governor in issuing restrictions on the Legislature during a special session and the rights of the Legislature in overcoming those restrictions; and an interview with Governor Treen explaining the need for reform in judging the merits of projects funded through the capital outlay bill. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome