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The Major Issues of the 1981 Legislative Session

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-07-17

Duration: 00:10:08

Subjects: CREATIONISM | Evolution | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1981 | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | LEGISLATION | STATE BUDGET | CAPITAL OUTLAY | Education | Busing for school integration | Desegregation | School integration. | Science | Professional Improvement Program | TEACHERS | Louisiana Racing Commission | Horse racing | Gerald, Gaston


  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Parker, Mary Evelyn Speaker
  • Kennard, Donald Speaker
  • Turnley, Richard Speaker
  • Keith, Bill Speaker
  • Blanton, Ray Speaker
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Interviewee


This segment from the July 17, 1981, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a recap of the major issues of the 1981 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These issues include: record spending in the state budget and capital outlay bill; the debate over using state funding to pay for court-ordered busing in school desegregation plans; allowing the teaching of creationism in equal time with the theory of evolution in public schools; the Professional Improvement Program (PIPS) for teachers; removing the members of the Louisiana Racing Commission for failing to expose widespread corruption in the horse racing industry; and the expulsion of State Senator Gaston Gerald, who is serving a five year sentence in federal prison for attempted extortion. Host: Ron Blome