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Reporters’ Show - July 1978

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1978-07-14

Duration: 00:28:21

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1978 | Louisiana. Legislature | State legislators | LEGISLATION | Dual office holding | Dual employment | Code of ethics | STATE BUDGET | Edwards, Edwin W. | LOBBYISTS | Financial disclosure | Community property | Head and Master Laws | Women's rights | Marriage | Coastal zone management | First use tax | NATURAL GAS | GAS INDUSTRY | Louisiana. Constitution (1974) | Constitutional amendments | Public official pay raises | Local transit | MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS | New Orleans International Airport | Politics


  • George, Beth Host
  • Stephens, Catherine Photographer
  • Jackson, Lyle Photographer
  • Folmar, Bill Photographer
  • Wilhelmi, Marcia Photographer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Hill, John Panelist
  • Courtney, Bob Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from July 14, 1978 features Beth George leading a panel discussion on the 1978 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature with three capitol reporters: Bill Lynch of the New Orleans States-Item; John Hill of the Shreveport Times and Monroe Morning World; and Bob Courtney of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.  They discuss: the dull nature of the session; the defeat of “good government” bills, like dual office holding, dual employment, and a code of ethics; the handling of the Appropriations bill for the state budget; Governor Edwin Edwards maintaining his control over the Senate; the failure of the financial disclosure bill related to lobbyists and their dealings with the legislature; the passage of a bill for the equal management of community property, which replaced the “Head and Master” law; the federal government putting pressure on the state for the passage of a coastal zone management bill; the passage of the first use tax on offshore natural gas; the voters having the opportunity to vote on the first constitutional amendment to the 1974 State Constitution; voters being upset over the passage of pay raises for public officials; the aid program for mass transit, especially in New Orleans; and the failure of a bill that would give the state control over the airport in New Orleans.  Host: Beth George