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Legislative Recap – May 20, 1983

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-05-20

Duration: 00:14:30

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | STATE BUDGET | Lotteries | Local governments | Liability (Law) | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Louisiana. Department of Public Safety | Government reorganization | Electric cooperatives | Louisiana Public Service Commission


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Young, David Reporter
  • Laborde, Raymond Interviewee
  • Braden, Hank Speaker
  • Bell, Jean Speaker
  • Bourg, Red Speaker
  • Hayes, Jimmy Speaker
  • DeBrueys, Warren Speaker
  • Reilly, Kevin Speaker
  • Fernandez, Manny Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Interviewee
  • Nelson, Sydney Interviewee
  • Bares, Allen Speaker
  • Campbell, Foster Speaker


This segment from the May 20, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings and David Young’s recap of the week’s major events at the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: an interview with State Representative Raymond Laborde on his decision to send the state budget back to the House Appropriations Committee in order to send a balanced budget to the House floor; State Senator Hank Braden testifying on his constitutional amendment to legalize a state lottery in order to raise revenues for local governments; Jean Bell of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, Red Bourg of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, and Jimmy Hayes of the Louisiana Police Jury Association speaking in favor of the lottery, as well as Warren DeBrueys of the Metropolitan Crime Commission speaking against it; State Representatives Kevin Reilly and Manny Fernandez discussing Reilly’s bill to limit the public’s ability to sue state and local governments; Governor Dave Treen testifying in the House Natural Resources Committee on his bill creating a cabinet-level Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); State Representative Raymond Laborde testifying before the House Governmental Affairs Committee on his bill merging the Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Safety in order to create DEQ; an interview with State Senator Armand Brinkhaus on the Senate’s version of the merger bill; an interview with State Senator Sydney Nelson on the Treen Administration’s efforts to place their merger bill in a favorable committee; State Senator Allen Bares speaking against State Senator Foster Campbell’s bill placing the state’s 13 rural electric cooperatives under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission; a press conference with Governor Treen urging Senator Campbell to support his legislative package related to the rural electric cooperatives; Governor Treen testifying in committee on this legislative package; and a press conference with Senator Campbell expressing his concerns over the cooperatives’ support of Governor Treen’s legislative package. Host: Beth George