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Inventory of the California State Assembly Insurance Committee Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Committee History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections at the California State Archives

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State Assembly Insurance Committee Records
    Dates: 1991-2008
    Collection number: LP435
    Creator: California State Assembly Insurance Committee Records
    Collection Size: 43 cubic feet, 65 audiotapes, 21 videotapes
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Assembly Insurance Committee records consist of 43 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records and are organized into five records series and one subgroup: Bill Files, 1991-2008; Hearing Files, 1991-2008; Subject Files, 1989-1994; Correspondence Files, 1993-1994 and 2005-2006; and Committee Records, 1996-2006, as well as subcommittee files from the Subcommittee on Insurance Reform Files, 1998. It is anticipated that the Archives will receive further records from the Assembly Insurance Committee. Researchers should check for recently received, unprocessed records of this committee.
    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 Insurance Committee Records, LP435: [folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the Assembly Insurance Committee Records according to state law.

    Committee History

    The Assembly Insurance Committee is the most recent committee to oversee bills related to insurance, workers compensation, and unemployment compensation. Health insurance is currently overseen by the Assembly Health Committee; however, some health insurance concerns are addressed within this collection.
    The first committee to oversee bills related to insurance was the Assembly Finance and Insurance Committee. The Finance and Insurance Committee was divided into the Insurance Committee and the Banking, Finance and Bonded Indebtedness Committee when House Resolution 7 passed on January 18, 1991. When HR5 was adopted on January 11, 1993, the Finance and Insurance Committee was revived for a few months and bills related to insurance and finance were again reviewed by a single committee. Then on March 11, 1993, HR13 was adopted and the committee was renamed the Finance, Insurance and Public Investment Committee.
    When HR34 was adopted on January 10, 1994, the Finance, Insurance and Public Investment Committee was renamed the Committee on Banking and Finance and the Committee on Insurance was created as a standing committee of the Assembly. The committee has retained its name as the Insurance Committee since 1994.
    The chairs of these committees were:
    Margolin, Burt (Dem.) from 1991-1992
    Peace, Steve (Dem.) in 1993
    McDonald, Juanita (Dem.) in 1994
    Knowles, David (Rep.) from 1995-1996
    Figueroa, Liz (Dem.) from 1997-1998
    Scott, Jack (Dem.) from 1999-2000
    Calderon, Thomas M. (Dem.) from 2001-2002
    Vargas, Juan (Dem.) from 2003-2006
    Coto, Joe (Dem.) from 2007-2008

    Scope and Content

    The Assembly Insurance Committee records consist of 43 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records and are organized into five records series and one subgroup: Bill Files, 1991-2008; Hearing Files, 1991-2008; Subject Files, 1989-1994; Correspondence Files, 1993-1994 and 2005-2006; and Committee Records, 1996-2006, as well as subcommittee files from the Subcommittee on Insurance Reform Files, 1998. It is anticipated that the Archives will receive further records from the Assembly Insurance Committee. Researchers should check for recently received, unprocessed records of this committee.
    These files show the committee's involvement in issues such as unemployment insurance, insurance fraud, workers compensation, health coverage, mental health coverage, auto insurance, homeowners insurance, earthquake insurance, insurance claims, and life insurance. Other issues include AIDS coverage and genetic characteristics discrimination. Workers' compensation is one of the most prominent topics and has many different elements addressed in these records including notification to insurers, vocational rehabilitation, insurance fraud, choosing your own medical provider, permanent disability and many other concerns.
    The Assembly Insurance Committee not only handled legislation but also reviewed the actions of people involved with the insurance industry. There are several files on former insurance commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and his handling of earthquake insurance funds from the Northridge earthquake, many of them dated from June 6-26, 2000. These files concern the alleged misappropriation of funds by the former commissioner. There are many hearing transcripts and witness testimony within these records on the Quackenbush investigation.
    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.
    California. Legislature. Assembly. Committee on Insurance
    Insurance law --California
    Earthquake insurance --California

    Related Collections at the California State Archives

    Assembly Finance and Insurance Committee Records, 1968-1990
    Burt Margolin Papers
    Steve Peace Papers
    Liz Figueroa Papers
    Jack Scott Papers
    Thomas M. Calderon Papers
    Juan Vargas Papers
    Patrick Johnston Papers