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DEQ Proposal Passes Senate Committee (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-06-03

Duration: 00:04:25

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Government reorganization | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Louisiana. Department of Corrections | Louisiana. Department of Public Safety | Environment


  • Young, David Host
  • Crane, Richard Speaker
  • Phelps, C. Paul Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Landry, Mary Ann Speaker
  • Cointment, Ruby Speaker
  • Vincent, Ross Speaker
  • Kiefer, Nat Speaker


This segment from the June 3, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features David Young’s report on the debate in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee at the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature over the creation of a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the merger of the Departments of Corrections and Public Safety. It includes: Richard Crane, a U.S. Justice Department consultant and C. Paul Phelps, the former Secretary of the Department of Corrections, testifying against the merger; Lieutenant Governor Bobby Freeman testifying in favor of merging the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office; former Governor Edwin Edwards calling for a vote on a constitutional amendment to add a 21st executive branch department in order to create DEQ; environmentalist Mary Ann Landry, Ruby Cointment of Save Ourselves, and Ross Vincent of the Ecology Center of Louisiana testifying in favor of the creation of DEQ; and State Senator Nat Kiefer, the committee chairman, reporting the bill favorably to the full Senate.