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Inventory of the Teresa P. Hughes Papers
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Series 1 Bill Files 1975-2000

Physical Description: 274 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 Teresa P. Hughes document legislation she authored while serving as Assembly member, 1975-1992 and Senator, 1993-2000. An average file may contain drafts of bills, analyses by committees and state agencies, comments by constituents or other interested parties, notes by Hughes and her staff, relevant background reports or newspaper articles, correspondence in support of or opposed to legislation, veto messages, notices from the legislative counsel about related bills, and other miscellaneous materials. Depending on the extent of the bill file, they may help reveal the legislator's intent for the measure. Topics found throughout the series include education reform and modernization, housing and community development, public health reform, and elder abuse prevention.
Among her significant legislation was AB70 of 1983. This bill was intended to strengthen high school graduation standards, improve high school course offerings, and to attract and retain high quality teachers and administrators. Along with SB813 (Hart) these bills became known as the Hughes-Hart Education Reform Act. AB2225 of 1982 developed an experimental program, which extended the school year program for poorly performing schools in the Compton Unified School District in order to bring the students closer to the state average. AB733 of 1987 allocated special grant funding to reconstruct school buildings damaged in earthquakes. This piece of legislation became known as the Hughes Earthquake Safety Act of 1987. Hughes continued to express her concern over the safety of students inside school with SB1729 of 1993, which instituted a violence prevention program. This piece of legislation's timing was important because it was introduced after the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 as a solution to rising youth crime rates and it provided alternative programs on violence-plagued campuses.
The protection of senior citizens rights was another topic for which Hughes regularly authored legislation. Hughes authored SB163 of 1999, which allowed law enforcement to intervene when there was a suspected case of elder abuse, similar to suspected child abuse cases. Hughes introduced SB1203 in 1995 that would make predatory home loans issued to senior citizens punishable by law. She also introduced a series of bills that protected the retirement plans of public employees, teachers, and judges (SB107, 1993; SB860, SB1527, 1994; SB791, 1995; and SB2163, 1998).

State Assembly, 1975-1992

1975-1976: AB2740, AB37 (1ff) LP379:1
1975-1976: AB2593-AB4493, ACR110-ACR234 (9ff) LP197:36-44
1977-1978: AB53-AB3821, ACA22, ACR3-ACR100 (1ff) LP379:2
1979-1980: AB10-AB3439, ACR25-ACR104, AJR83 (1ff) LP379:3
1981-1982: AB55-AB3208, AJR 30 (18ff) LP379:4-21
1983-1984: Legislative Recaps, AB70-AB3985, ACA8,ACR10-ACR162, AJR6-AJR116 (33ff) LP379:22-54
1985-1986: AB5-AB4380, ACR30-ACR150, AJR25 (28ff) LP379:55-82
1987-1988: AB9-AB4378, ACA28, ACR19-ACR135 (21ff) LP379:83-103
1989-1990: AB11-AB4338, AB55X, ACR70-ACR141 (29ff) LP379:104-132
1991-1992: AB11-AB3821, ACA4, ACR58-ACR129,HR18 (23ff) LP379:133-155

State Senate, 1993-2000

1993-1994: Legislative Recaps, SB107-SB2046, SB42X,SCR16-SCR35, SJR39, SR23 (44ff) LP379:156-199
1995-1996: SB101-SB2151, SCR22-SCR65, SJR34 (27ff) LP379:200-226
1997-1998: SB179-SB2163, SCA7, SCR10-SCR83 (29ff) LP379:227-255
1999-2000: SB53-SB2087, SCA2, SCR11-SCR77 (19ff) LP379:256-274