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Governor Dave Treen's Opening Address (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-04-22

Duration: 00:07:14

Subjects: Politics | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | STATE BUDGET | Balanced budget | Crime | Drug traffic | RACKETEERING | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Louisiana. Department of Public Safety | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Government reorganization | Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | Elections, 1983 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983 | Edwards, Edwin W.


  • George, Beth Host
  • Young, David Reporter
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Hudson, Tommy Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Lynn, Bruce Interviewee
  • Ensminger, John Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee


This segment from the April 22, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on Governor Dave Treen’s opening address to the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. In addition to promising to deliver a balanced budget, Governor Treen set forth his proposals for a drug racketeering act, the creation of the Department of Environmental Quality, the merger of the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections and a prohibition on the disposal of hazardous waste from foreign countries in the state. He also highlighted all of his administration’s accomplishments. This report includes reactions to the speech from several state legislators and former Governor Edwin Edwards, Treen’s opponent in the 1983 gubernatorial election. Host: Beth George