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The Major Issues of the 1979 Legislative Session

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-07-13

Duration: 00:16:33

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1979 | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | LEGISLATION | STATE BUDGET | Energy | 1970s energy crisis | Gasoline shortages | Rationing | Nuclear power plants | Government reorganization | Louisiana. Department of Natural Resources | Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | Sex Education | Education | Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education | Constitutional amendments | EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Rambo, Dan Speaker
  • Fernandez, Manny Speaker
  • Oldhelm, John Speaker
  • Bourque, Clarita Speaker
  • Tenny, Thetus Speaker


This segment from the July 13, 1979, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a recap of the major issues and debates of the 1979 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These issues include: the state budget; energy-related legislation; the gasoline shortage; the safety of nuclear power plants; the reorganization of the state’s environmental regulatory functions under the Department of Natural Resources; hazardous waste disposal guidelines; the optional teaching of sex education in public schools; a constitutional amendment aimed at shortening the terms of members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); competency-based testing for students; and the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome