Interview with John Marshall Berry, Jr., July 28, 2006

Berry (Senate, 1972-1980, 26th district; Democrat) details his involvement in the Black Sheep Squadron. He recounts his experience as a newly elected legislator at the 1974 Kentucky Dam Village pre-legislative conference. He details his cooperation with Lieutenant Governor Thelma Stovall prior to and during the special legislative session of 1979. He recounts the development of Lowell Hughes' strategy to employ the committee of the whole to force the independence of the legislature. He recollects calling Governor Julian Carroll to testify before the legislature and describes the budget and hidden contingency funds Carroll controlled. He talks about his decision to leave politics and considers lessons learned during his time in the legislature, his political heroes and opponents, lobbyists, BOPTROT, the effect of his political career on his family, his regret at not being able to pass the Bottle Bill, his views on mountain-top removal, tourism in Kentucky and organic farming. Part 3 of 3.

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Berry, John Marshall, Jr., 1935-   Berry, John Marshall, Jr., 1935- --Interviews   Bracken County (Ky.)   Breathitt, Edward T., 1924-   Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association   Bush, George W., (George Walker), 1946-   Carroll County (Ky.)   Coal mines and mining   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky   Community Farm Alliance   Environmentalism   Gallatin County (Ky.)   Grant County (Ky.)   Henry County (Ky.)   Iraq War, 2003-2011.   Jefferson County (Ky.)   Kentucky. General Assembly--Reform   Korean War, 1950-1953   Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews   Oldham County (Ky.)   Organic farming--Kentucky   Owen County (Ky.)   Pendleton County (Ky.)   Persian Gulf War, 1991   Tobacco industry   Tourism--Kentucky   Trimble County (Ky.)   Vietnam War, 1961-1975   World War, 1939-1945.  

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