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1804-, Louisiana Session Laws
Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana: title varies, New Orleans/Baton Rouge, var. state printers, 1805– (French exploration of the
lower Mississippi Valley began in the late 1600s, and a French fort was established at Biloxi in 1699. The territory was under military governance
until 1712, when Louis XIV granted letters patent to Antoine Crozat for all of the Crown’s territory “between old and new Mexico and Carolina.” A
superior council was established with jurisdiction in all matters civil and criminal. Light-handed French rule extended for the next fifty years, after
which, in 1762, France ceded the ill-defined “Louisiana Territory” to Spain in compensation for the latter’s support during the Seven Years’ War. A much
more hands-on Spanish governance extended for the next 41 years until 1800, when France, under Napoleon I, reclaimed sovereignty. But events in Europe
soon overwhelmed Napoleon’s schemes for an “American Empire,” and on 30 April 1803, by the Treaty of Paris, sovereignty for the still ill-defined
“Louisiana Territory” passed to the United States. By the Breckinridge Act of 26 March 1804 the new territorial acquisition was split into an “Orleans
Territory” {comprising most of present-day Louisiana and holding most of the holdover French citizens} and a mostly empty “District of Louisiana” {later
The Territory of Missouri}, which was placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. governor for the Indiana Territory. In its first two years the Orleans
Territory was administered by a U.S. governor assisted by a Legislative Council. But the governor/legislative-council structure dissatisfied the
French citizens because it enabled Governor Clairborne to repeal or modify civil laws in force and to interfere with the continuance of slavery. In the
event the governor/legislative-council system survived for only two sessions; respectively starting on Dec. 3, 1804, and June 20, 1805. In 1805, in
response to petitions from the French and Creoles, the U.S. Congress granted to the citizens of the Orleans District a right to establish a new
territorial government, modeled as in other U.S. territories under the terms of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. That new government had an elected
twenty-five-man House of Representatives and a five-man Legislative Council appointed by the U.S. president. The Orleans Territorial Legislature met for three
two-year terms; 1806/07, 1808/09, & 1810/11. The Orleans Territory became the State of Louisiana in 1812, with its first state legislative session being
held in July of that year.)
Title:   Acts passed by the General Assembly of the state of Louisiana.
OCLC Number:   454140515
Available Volumes
NameFiche CountOnlinePaper Backup
1884 May Reg SessYesYes
1886 May Reg SessYesYes
1888 May Reg SessYesYes
1890 May Reg SessYesYes
1892 May Reg SessYesYes
1894 May Reg SessYesYes
1907 Nov Ext. Sess.YesYes
1908 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1910 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1910 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1912 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1912 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1913 Sept 2nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1914 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1916 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1917 Jul Ext. Sess.YesYes
1918 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1918 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1922 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1924 May Reg. Sess.YesNo
1926 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1927 Sept Ext. Sess.YesYes
1928 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1928 Dec Ext. Sess.YesYes
1929 Mar Ext. Sess.YesYes
1930 May Reg Sess.YesYes
1930 Sept Ext. Sess.YesYes
1931 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1932 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1934 Dec Ext. Sess.YesYes
1942 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1942 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1944 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1945 Oct Ext. Sess.YesYes
1946 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1947 Mar Ext. Sess.YesYes
1948 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1948 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1948 Sept Ext. Sess.YesYes
1950 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1950 Mar Ext. Sess.YesYes
1950 Aug 2nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1950 Sept 3rd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1951 Jun Ext. Sess.YesNo
1952 May Reg. Sess.YesNo
1953 Jul Ext. Sess.YesYes
1954 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1955 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1955 Jan Ext. Sess.YesNo
1956 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1956 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1957 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1958 Nov Ext. Sess.YesYes
1959 May Reg. SessYesYes
1959 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1960 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1960 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1960 Nov 4 1st. Ext. Sess.YesYes
1960 Nov 16 2nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1960 Dec 3rd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1961 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1961 Jan 1st Ext. Sess.YesYes
1961 Feb 2nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1962 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1963 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1963 Jun 1st Ext. Sess.YesYes
1964 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1964 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1964 Nov Ext. Sess.YesYes
1965 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1966 Nov Ext. Sess.YesYes
1967 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1967 Jul Ext. Sess.YesYes
1968 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1968 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1968 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 3YesYes
1968 Nov Ext. Sess.YesYes
1969 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1970 May Reg. Sess.YesNo
1970 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1970 Feb Ext. Sess.YesNo
1971 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1972 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1972 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1972 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1973 May Reg. Sess.YesNo
1973 Nov 42nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1974 May Reg. Sess.YesYes
1974 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1974 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 3YesYes
1974 Oct 43rd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1975 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1975 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1975 Jan 1st Ext. Sess.YesYes
1976 May Reg. Sess.YesNo
1976 May Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1976 Aug 2nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1977 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1977 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1977 Aug Ext. Sess.YesYes
1978 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1978 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1979 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1979 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1980 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1980 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1980 Mar 1st-2nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1981 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1981 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1981 Nov Ext. Sess.YesYes
1982 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1982 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1983 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1983 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1983 Jan 1st Ext. Sess.YesYes
1983 Dec 2nd Ext. Sess.YesYes
1984 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1984 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1984 Mar 1st Ext. Sess.YesYes
1985 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1985 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes
1986 Apr Reg. Sess.YesYes
1986 Apr Reg. Sess. Pt. 2YesYes