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Reapportionment Debate (1981)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-11-06

Duration: 00:06:15

Subjects: United States. Congress. House | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1981 | Louisiana. Legislature | SPECIAL SESSIONS | Politics | LEGISLATION | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | REAPPORTIONMENT | Apportionment (Election law) | Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus | STATE BUDGET | Local governments | Historically black colleges and universities | Southern University and A & M College | RALLIES | Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.)


  • George, Beth Host
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Dykes, Bill Speaker
  • Johnson, Jon Speaker
  • Bruneau, Peppi Speaker
  • Turnley, Richard Interviewee
  • Hudson, Tommy Speaker
  • Jackson, Alphonse Interviewee


This segment from the November 6, 1981, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the events of the first week at the 1981 Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature on Reapportionment. This report includes: highlights from Governor Dave Treen’s opening address; debate over the proposed new district boundaries for the Legislature, including the concerns of the Legislative Black Caucus over the loss of majority African American districts; and debate over the reapportionment of the state’s Congressional districts. This report also features footage of a rally held on the steps of the State Capitol in support of the appropriation of more money to the historically black colleges and universities in the state, including Southern University. Host: Beth George