This film gives an overview of the State Legislature, showing opening ceremonies and swearing in of new legislators by Florida Supreme Court justices B.K. Roberts and Millard Caldwell. Viewers see speeches given at joint session with a rousing address by Governor Farris Bryant. The film describes the jobs of various members of the Legislature, showing legislators going about their daily tasks. There are scenes of bills being argued and voted on. There are scenes of Governor Bryant signing a bill and giving a press conference. There are also excerpts showing the news media of the day. There is footage of the wives’ galleries and behind-the-scenes workers. The film ends with the traditional handkerchief drop, “sine die,” signaling the end of session. Produced by the Florida Development Commission and Leroy Crooks.
Florida Memory is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services.