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Senate Defeats Lottery Proposal (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-06-10

Duration: 00:06:30

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Lotteries | Local governments | Gambling


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Speaker
  • Braden, Hank Speaker
  • Richey, Dan Speaker
  • Keith, Bill Speaker


This segment from the June 10, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the heated debate in the Senate at the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature over State Senator Hank Braden’s proposed constitutional amendment to create a state lottery to raise revenues for local governments. It includes: Senator Braden presenting the results of a poll showing that 70% of the voters support the lottery; State Senators B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn, Dan Richey, and Bill Keith expressing their disagreement with the proposal; and Senator Braden asking his colleagues to come up with alternative proposals to deal with the state’s budget problems. Ekings reports that the Senate defeated the bill.