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Legislative Recap – July 1, 1983

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-07-01

Duration: 00:17:12

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Drunk driving | Electric cooperatives | Louisiana Public Service Commission | Davis, Jimmie, 1899-2000 | Justifiable homicide | Burglary | Self-defense (Law) | Crime | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana. Office of the Lieutenant Governor | Freeman, Robert L., 1934- | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Turnley, Richard, Jr. | Hainkel, John J.


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Young, David Reporter
  • Brennan, Dave Speaker
  • Downer, Hunt Speaker
  • Campbell, Foster Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Lamonica, Ray Speaker
  • Schwab, John Speaker
  • Davis, Jimmie Speaker
  • Hollings, Fritz Speaker
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Speaker
  • Nunez, Sammy Speaker
  • Freeman, Bobby Speaker
  • Turnley, Richard Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Speaker


This segment from the July 1, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features David Young and Robyn Ekings’ recap of the major events at the final week of the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These stories include: Dave Brennan announcing his candidacy for Insurance Commissioner; State Representative Hunt Downer speaking against a bill establishing a blood alcohol reading of 0.10 or higher as the grounds for a drunk driving arrest; State Senator Foster Campbell, Governor Dave Treen, Executive Counsel Ray Lamonica, and attorney John Schwab testifying in the House Commerce Committee on a compromise bill allowing 10% of dissatisfied customers within one of the state’s 13 rural electric cooperatives to call for a vote to go back under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Public Service Commission; former Governor Jimmie Davis addressing the House for the first time since 1964 and performing his new song “Louisiana, This One’s For You”; U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina, a 1984 Democratic presidential candidate, addressing a joint session; a press conference with Governor Treen explaining his decision to sign a controversial bill allowing the use of deadly force to prevent home invasions; State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, presenting the state budget to the Senate; Senate President Sammy Nunez adopting the budget in a conference committee; a press conference with Lieutenant Governor Bobby Freeman threatening a lawsuit if Governor Treen vetoes the budget for his office; and farewell speeches by State Representative Richard Turnley and Speaker of the House John Hainkel. Host: Beth George