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Related Materials at the California State Archives
Title: California Assembly Business and Professions Committee Records
Collection number: See series descriptions
California Assembly Business and Professions Committee
24.5 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: The Assembly Business and Professions Committee,first created on January 22, 1981, is the most recent Assembly committee to
oversee occupational licensing, state contracting, and consumer affairs. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee records
consist of 24.5 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records covering the years of 1981-1982 and 2001-2008. The records are
organized into three distinct series: Bill Files (1981-1982, 2001-2008); Hearing Files (1981, 2001-2008); and Subject Files
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
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for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
[Identification of item], Assembly Business and Professions Committee Records, LP[number]:[folder number], California State
Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee is the most recent Assembly committee to oversee occupational licensing, state
contracting, and consumer affairs.
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee was first created on January 22, 1981 when House Resolution 13 was introduced
and adopted. The Committee's purpose was to investigate activities related to licensure and quality of individual professionals
excepting the health professions. During the 1981-1982 legislative session, the committee consisted of eight members and Assembly
Member William Filante (Rep.) served as the committee chair.
On January 13, 1983, House Resolution 8 both dissolved the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and created the Assembly
Committee on Economic Development and New Technologies. The latter dealing with related issues such as: small business development,
educational and vocational training, and economic development both at the state and local level. Throughout the rest of the
1980s and 1990s several Assembly committees carried out the duties previously assigned to the Assembly Business and Professions
Committee including the Assembly Governmental Efficiency and Consumer Protection Committee (1987-1991) and the Assembly Consumer
Protection, Governmental Efficiency, and Economic Development Committee (1991-2000).
On December 4, 2000 House Resolution 1 split the Assembly Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency, and Economic Development
Committee into the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee and the newly reinstituted Assembly Business
and Professions Committee. The division returned the Assembly Business and Professions Committee to its original focus of
occupational licensing, state contracting, and oversight of consumer affairs boards. After the committee was reestablished
it consisted of twelve members in the 2001-2002 session. The membership increased to thirteen in the following 2003-2004 session.
However, in both the 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 sessions the membership dropped to an even ten.
Adopted on March 22, 2010, House Resolution 27 added "consumer protection" to the committee title to reflect the various consumer
affairs' bills heard in the 2000s. Therefore, the committee became known as the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions,
and Consumer Protection.
The chairs of the committee from 1981 to 2008 were:
Assembly Business and Professions Committee, 1981-1982, 2001-2008
Filante, William (Rep.), 1981-1982
Correa, Lou (Dem.), 2001-2004
Negrete McLeod, Gloria (Dem.), 2005-2006
Eng, Mike (Dem.), 2007-2008
Scope and Content
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee records consist of 24.5 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records covering
the years of 1981-1982 and 2001-2008. The records are organized into three distinct series: Bill Files (1981-1982, 2001-2008);
Hearing Files (1981, 2001-2008); and Subject Files (2001, 2003).
The Bill Files encompass the largest series in the collection and consist of 20 cubic feet. The Bill Files document the assembly
and senate bills directed to the committee. The files typically include committee analysis, letters from interested parties,
and the comments of affected agencies. These files show the close involvement of the committee with such issues as state
contracting, barbering and cosmetology, private security services, certified public accountant regulation, real estate licensure,
and postsecondary private education. The committee considered various contentious bills regarding pets, such as expanding
the definition of dog breeders to include households (AB161, 2001-2002), which was eventually chaptered into law by the Secretary
of State (Chapter 350, Statutes of 2001). Other related bills called for a ban on cat de-clawing (AB 395, 2003-2004) as well
as requiring spaying and neutering for virtually all dogs and cats (AB1634, 2007-2008) died in committee.
The Hearing Files consist of approximately 3.5 cubic feet of the collection and include textual files, cassette tapes, videotapes,
CDs, and DVDs. Many of the hearings are not focused on one particular topic, but rather consist of various bills heard by
the committee. Some of the more specific hearing files include topics such as telecommunication, payday loan companies, terrorism,
accountancy, online privacy issues, dental practice and scope, insurance regulation, and consumer protections.
As a whole, the records clearly demonstrate how constituent interests can be articulated through both individual and collective
efforts. Reoccurring themes throughout the collection offer a glimpse how issues like regulation of the public and private
sector reflected larger societal trends and impacted the early twenty-first century.
No further accruals are expected.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Related Materials at the California State Archives
Assembly Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency, and Economic Development Committee Records
Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee Records
California Department of Consumer Affairs Records
Gloria Negrete McLeod Papers (restricted)
Mike Eng Papers (restricted)
William Filante Papers
Senate Business and Professions Committee Records