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Legislative Recap – June 24, 1983

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-06-24

Duration: 00:10:09

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Railroad accidents | Railroads | Transportation | STATE BUDGET | BLUE LAWS | Race | African Americans | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Young, David Host
  • Baker, Richard Speaker
  • Blackmon, Carmack Interviewee
  • Lamonica, Ray Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Hudson, Tommy Interviewee
  • Begue, Brian Speaker
  • Nicholson, Elwyn Speaker
  • Jefferson, William Speaker
  • Frazier, Lee Speaker


This segment from the June 24, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features David Young and Robyn Ekings’ recap of the week’s major events at the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: a Livingston Parish Grand Jury indicting the engineer in the Livingston Train Derailment on charges of reckless handling of hazardous materials; State Representative Richard Baker presenting his bill requiring trains over 2500 feet to have a caboose at the end as a safety measure; an interview with Carmack Blackmon of the Louisiana Railroads arguing that Baker’s bill is an attempt by labor to gain additional pay for their employees; the Senate Natural Resources Committee halting a hearing on a bill requiring industry to pay for the disposal of hazardous waste because it is a tax and not a fee; Ray Lamonica, Governor Treen’s Executive Counsel, testifying on the unresolved legal issues regarding the differences between taxes and fees; the Senate Finance Committee adding $20 million in amendments to the state budget; a press conference with Governor Dave Treen urging the Senate to pass a balanced budget; an interview with State Senator Tommy Hudson on his bill exempting Catfish Town in Baton Rouge from the state’s Sunday closing laws, or blue laws; attorney Brian Begue, State Senator Elwyn Nicholson, State Senator William Jefferson, and State Representative Lee Frazier debating a bill repealing the state’s “Black Blood” law; and a press conference with Governor Treen signing the bill creating the Department of Environmental Quality.