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Capitol Reporters on Session (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-07-16

Duration: 00:13:46

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Politics | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1982 | LEGISLATION | LOBBYISTS | Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy | Taxes | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | DWI | Drunk driving | Financial disclosure | Transparency in government | WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION | Workers' compensation | Labor | Louisiana AFL-CIO | Louisiana Association of Business and Industry | SPECIAL SESSIONS | O'Keefe, Michael


  • George, Beth Host
  • Duffy, Joan Panelist
  • Hill, John Panelist
  • Young, David Panelist


This segment from the July 16, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Joan Duffy of United Press International; John Hill of Gannett News Service; and David Young of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. They discussed the 1982 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, including: the failure of Governor Dave Treen’s bills because of strange lobbying coalitions; the defensive nature of the session; Treen focusing too much of his attention on the Coastal Wetland Environmental Levy (CWEL) to the detriment of his other priorities; the passage of new DWI legislation and new financial disclosure requirements for the Governor and gubernatorial candidates; the events that led to the death of the workmen’s compensation reform bill; whether the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) made a mistake by not accepting the compromise bill for workmen’s compensation reform; the possibility of a special session in the fall; and the political fate of Senate President Michael O’Keefe, who was convicted on three federal counts of mail fraud and obstruction of justice. Host: Beth George