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Governor Dave Treen's Opening Address (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-04-23

Duration: 00:05:53

Subjects: Politics | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1982 | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy | Taxes | Oil | NATURAL GAS


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Bella, V.J. Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Gee, Terry Interviewee
  • Sour, Art Interviewee


This segment from the April 23, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on Governor Dave Treen’s opening address to the 1982 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which focused on “building a better Louisiana.” In his speech, Governor Treen proposed the Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy (CWEL), a $450 million tax on the transportation of oil and natural gas. This report includes interviews with several state legislators discussing their reactions to the speech. Host: Beth George