327 file folders.
Arranged chronologically by session and numerically by bill number.
Scope and Content Note
Senate Bill files created by Senator John Seymour generally are for bills he authored, and may contain drafts of legislation,
analyses by committees and state agencies, comments by constituents or other interested parties, notes by Seymour and his
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. Assembly bill files for 1985-1986
may include his comments on the measures, his responses to constituents, and related correspondence.
The series represents the full range of Seymour's legislative priorities, but bills that were successful or particularly controversial
provide the most complete records of his thinking, compromises, and political priorities. In 1983-1984, for example, he introduced
SB407 that would have required a minimum grade point average for students to participate in extra-curricular activities, but
eventually dropped the bill after receiving criticism from newspapers, parents, and other educational reformers. His support
for the needs of the physically or developmentally disabled appears in many bills; for example, SB1832 (Stats. 1984, ch. 166),
allocated state funds to match private grants obtained by independent living centers and SB2232 (1988 Stats., ch. 1292), among
other provisions, created a Traumatic Brain Injury Fund to support research projects. His successful SB888 (1985 Stats.,
ch. 1474) which required juvenile sex offenders to registers with local police illustrated his commitment to stringent penalties
for convicted juvenile offenders. Seymour also responded to the difficulties facing childcare providers seeking liability
insurance in the late 1980s. His SB1474 proposed in 1985 would have created state insurance pool for certain providers; he
withdrew the bill after the insurance industry decided to address the problem through a private joint pool. His leadership
role in Drug and Alcohol Abuse committee led to a number of bills during most sessions: some of the successful ones included
SB1960 (85-86) increased penalties for sale of certain drugs; and SB1365 (1987 Stats. 1041), increased penalties for Driving
under the Influence infractions. The importance of affordable housing to Seymour personally and many Californians in the
1980s showed in a series of successful measures sponsored in the 1989-1990 session: SB1282 (1989 Stats., ch. 1451) clarified
the affordable housing requirements for city planners and SB1287 (1989 Stats. Ch. 1155) required redevelopment agencies to
replace all low-income housing that was destroyed in redevelopment projects within five years.
1983-1984: SB320-SB2310, SCA21, SCA26, SCR21, SJR11, SJR 20, SJR47 (46ff) LP333:1-45
1985-1986: SB27-SB2518, SCA27, SCA42, SCR39, SCR67, SR44 (103ff) LP333:46-148
1985-1986: AB19-AB2580, ACR17-ACR58 (22ff) LP333:149-170
1987-1988: SB509-SB2876, SCA42, SCR59, SCR91, SJR7, SJR11 (84ff) LP333:171-254
1989-1990: SB50-SB2890, SCA20, SCA37, SCR35, SJR11, SJR47 (72ff) LP333:255-326