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Inventory of the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Committee History
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Materials at the California State Archives

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Assembly Business and Professions Committee Records
    Dates: 1981-1982
    Dates: 2001-2008
    Collection number: See series descriptions
    Creator: California Assembly Business and Professions Committee
    Collection Size: 24.5 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    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 (2001, 2003).
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Assembly Business and Professions Committee Records, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Committee History

    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.

    Accruals

    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Business
    Commerce
    Economic development

    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