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Guide to the Virginia Strom-Martin Papers
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Series Descriptions

LP428:1-122

Series 1 Bill Files 1997-2002

Physical Description: 122 file folders

Arrangement

Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files created by Assembly Member Strom-Martin may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, editorials and newspaper clippings, correspondence, committee statements, and other information.
Of particular interest are her succession of bills regarding rural telephone infrastructure, telephones in public school classrooms, classroom size reduction programs AB2224 (1997-1998), rural cattle transportation on highways, and teacher pay equity AB 1933 (2001-2002).
Strom-Martin introduced legislation to prevent the deregulation of rural telephone service through the elimination of rate averaging three times during her legislative career. The first two, AB2433 (1997-1998) and AB1825 (1999-2000) passed the legislature but were vetoed by Governor Pete Wilson. Strom-Martin's third attempt at this legislation, AB140 (2001-2002) was signed by Governor Gray Davis.
All of her bills regarding telephones in the classroom, AB676 (1997-1998), AB1992 (1997-1998), AB1136 (1999-2000), and AB2167 (2001-2002) either failed a floor vote or were vetoed by the Governor.
Strom-Martin also made several attempts to carve out an exemption to the Department of Transportation's rules regarding trailer lengths on rural stretches of California highway, particularly Highway 101 from Willits to the Oregon border. These bills, of similar language, included AB2426 (1997-1998), AB1474 (1999-2000), and AB220 (2001-2002).
1997-1998: AB27-AB2784, ACR111-ACR174, HR220-HR59, AB2X (LP428:1-31)
1999-2000: AB74-AB2478 (LP428:32-80)
2001-2002: AB38-AB2950, ACR16-ACR197, AB64X-AB84X (LP428:81-122)
LP428:123-145

Series 2 Correspondence 1998-2002

Physical Description: 23 file folders

Arrangement

Correspondence files are arranged chronologically by month and alphabetically thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence files include letters written to and from Strom-Martin during the course of her legislative career. This correspondence could include letters of concern or praise from constituents, businesses, or other interested parties. The series includes personal letters and form letters sent from Strom Martin's Sacramento office or district offices by the assembly member or members of her staff, either on her behalf or in their own capacity. Some topics of correspondence include recommendations by Strom-Martin to Governor Gray Davis on cabinet nominees for his administration, requests to the Speaker of the Assembly, and resolutions or proclamations by Strom-Martin regarding persons, events, or issues. The series also includes letters, mailers, and other material received by the assembly member.
LP428:146-151

Series 3 Headwaters Files 1998-2000

Physical Description: 7 file folders

Arrangement

Headwaters Files are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Scope and Content Note

The files on the Headwaters Forest issue were compiled and arranged by Strom-Martin's staff. They include committee reports, correspondence and memoranda regarding Headwaters forest and the Headwaters deal. They also include press clippings and background surrounding the Greenpeace and EarthFirst! protests on PALCO land. Of note are the memoranda and correspondence regarding the police pepper spraying of activists engaged in a sit-in in Strom-Martin's Eureka district office, and the state and federal attempts to negotiate the Headwaters deal with Pacific Lumber/MAXAAM Corporation.
LP428:152-157

Series 4 Hearing Files 1998-2000

Physical Description: 6 file folders

Arrangement

Hearing Files are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Scope and Content Note

Hearing files include the topics of boards and committees on which Strom-Martin Served, including the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education: Kindergarten Through Higher Education. Other committee hearings included the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Agriculture, regarding agriculture and water resources, the northern California forest ecosystem and the effects of timber harvesting, the Sonoma County 1999 General Plan update, and the Wildlife Conservation Board.
2000 Agriculture and Water Resources, Sacramento (1ff) LP428:152
2000 Education Master Plan: K-College (1ff) LP428:153
1999 Northern California Forest Ecosystem (1ff) LP428:154
2000 Sonoma County General Plan (1ff) LP428:155
1998 Wildlife Conservation Board (1ff) LP428:156
1999 Wildlife Conservation Board (1ff) LP428:157
LP428:158-164

Series 5 Reports 1987-1988

Physical Description: 7 file folders

Arrangement

Reports are arranged chronologically by issue date.

Scope and Content Note

Report files include weekly reports issued by Strom-Martin's staff at her Capitol and District offices for her first legislative term. These reports detail the interactions of the assembly member and members of her staff as they fulfilled their duties. These reports can include travel dates, meetings, research, and interactions with local or state officials.
LP428:165-174

Series 6 Subject Files 1998-2001

Physical Description: 10 file folders

Arrangement

Subject Files are arranged by Assemby Bill/Senate Bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files include supplemental information regarding pending legislation in the Assembly or State Senate for which Strom-Martin received letters or postcards in support or opposition, as well as background on the topics under consideration. A notable subject is the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, or North Coast Railroad Authority, chaired by Strom-Martin's predecessor former Assemblyman Dan Hauser, who corresponded with Strom-Martin over development of the railroad in northern California and the release of funding from FEMA to the NCRA. Other subjects containing one or two pages are grouped into folders alphabetically.