User Login

Login Access

Search the Collections

Treen’s DEQ Proposal (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-05-27

Duration: 00:07:32

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Government reorganization | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Louisiana. Department of Public Safety


  • Young, David Host
  • Fernandez, Manny Speaker
  • Laborde, Raymond Speaker
  • Downer, Hunt Speaker
  • Brinkhaus, Armand Speaker
  • Lamonica, Ray Speaker
  • Nelson, Sydney Speaker
  • Kiefer, Nat Speaker


This segment from the May 27, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features David Young’s report on the debate over Governor Dave Treen’s proposal to create the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Young first presents highlights from the debate over the bill on the House floor: State Representative Manny Fernandez, the bill’s sponsor, presenting the bill; State Representative Raymond Laborde adding the merger of the Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Safety as an amendment to the bill; and State Representative Hunt Downer expressing his opposition to the merger amendment. Young then presents highlights from the debate over the bill in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee: State Senator Armand Brinkhaus’ heated questioning of Fernandez, Laborde, and Ray Lamonica, Treen’s Executive Counsel; testimony by State Senator Sydney Nelson; and State Senator Nat Kiefer moving to delay a vote on the bill until the committee has an opportunity to hear alternative proposals.