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1977 Legislative Session Recap

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1977-07-22

Duration: 00:27:56

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1977 | Louisiana. Legislature | State legislators | LEGISLATION | STATE BUDGET | State Budget Cuts | 1970s energy crisis | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | NATURAL GAS | Teacher pay raises | RALLIES | Louisiana. State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education | HIGHER EDUCATION | Louisiana Board of Regents | Laetrile | Monofilament gill nets | Fisheries | Fishermen | Gillnetting | EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT | Women's rights | Energy | Politics | Education


  • George, Beth Host
  • Herrod, Doug Photographer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Womack, Ellison Photographer
  • DeMers, John Writer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Mitchell, Gene Producer
  • Mitchell, Gene Director
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Huls, William Speaker
  • Tauzin, Billy Interviewee
  • Jackson, Alphonse Speaker
  • Mouton, Sonny Speaker
  • Stephens, William E. Speaker
  • Roy, A.J. Interviewee
  • Arceneaux, William Interviewee
  • Brysson, Francis Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Woody Interviewee


An episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from July 22, 1977, focused on a recap of the major issues of the 1977 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. This episode features: the response of Governor Edwin Edwards, his administration, and the oil and gas industry to President Jimmy Carter’s proposed energy plan; state budget cuts; the fight for teacher pay raises, including a rally at the state capitol led by the Louisiana Teachers’ Association; attempts at abolishing the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and reforming the state’s public school system; funding for higher education; the legalization of laetrile, a substance that is used in the treatment of cancer, but is banned for interstate commerce by the federal government; the ban of the use of monofilament gill nets by commercial fishermen; and the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution aimed at eliminating the discrimination of women under the law. Host: Beth George