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Capitol Reporters on the 1981 Legislative Session

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-07-17

Duration: 00:15:34

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1981 | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | LEGISLATION | Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | STATE BUDGET | CAPITAL OUTLAY | Crime | Labor | WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION | Workers' compensation | PREVAILING WAGES | Construction industry | Professional Improvement Program | Filibusters (Political science) | RETIREMENT SYSTEMS | CREATIONISM | Louisiana Racing Commission | Horse racing | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | TEACHERS | Education | Evolution | Science


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Duffy, Joan Panelist
  • Hargroder, Charles M. Panelist


This segment from the July 17, 1981, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an in-studio interview with two capitol reporters, Joan Duffy of United Press International and Charles Hargroder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. They discussed the major issues of the 1981 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: record spending in the state budget and capital outlay bill; crime-related bills; the Workmen’s Compensation reform bill; the prevailing wage law; the Professional Improvement Program (PIPS) for teachers; a filibuster given State Senator Bill McLeod against a retirement system bill; allowing the teaching of creationism in equal time with the theory of evolution in public schools; and removing the members of the Louisiana Racing Commission for failing to expose widespread corruption in the horse racing industry. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome