Physical Description: 240 file folders
Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and then numerically by bill number.
Scope and Content Note
Most bill files include all or some of the following items: bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements,
press releases, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Of particular interest are bills that focused on Farr's "three E's"
which he prioritized in the legislature: economic development, educational excellence, and environmental protection. Farr
was a strong opponent of President Reagan's proposal to open up certain sections of the California coastline to offshore oil
drilling; his AJR19 of 1981-1982 urged Congress to uphold a federal moratorium on drilling. He authored AB2600 in 1981-1982,
which would have outlawed the use of certain steel-jawed animal traps. In 1984, his AB2099 became Proposition 18 on the statewide
ballot; it sold general obligation bonds to finance improvements and upgrades to state parks (it passed, 63 to 37 percent).
Also in 1984, a constitutional amendment of Farr's, ACA6, made it onto the statewide ballot as Proposition 34 (it failed,
53 to 47 percent). In the 1985-1986 session, he proposed divesting all state funds from companies doing business with apartheid-era
South Africa (AB1300); banning corporal punishment in public schools (AB1617); requiring agricultural companies to label their
products by country of origin (AB1630); allowing judges to require convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock ("Breathalyzer")
devices in their cars (AB 3939); and holding oil companies fully liable for the negative effects of oil spills (AB4044). The
Farr Act of 1987-88 (AB4327) increased state regulation of art dealers, with the intent of reducing fraudulent art sales.
A strong supporter of environmental regulation, Farr introduced the Ozone Protection Act of 1993 (AB2358) just before departing
the Assembly for Congress.
1981-1982: AB227-AB3802, ACR4-ACR152, AJR19-AJR126 (27ff) LP391:1-27
1983-1984: AB43-AB3979, ACA6-ACA76, ACR4-ACR170,AJR15-AJR95 (41ff) LP391:28-68
1985-1986: AB123-AB4251, ACR60-ACR170, AJR8-AJR42 (75ff) LP391:69-143
1987-1988: AB7-AB4634, ACR37-ACR92, AJR23-AJR72 (30ff) LP391:144-173
1989-1990: AB409-AB4305, ACA35-ACA50, ACR2-ACR112,AJR13-AJR114, AB30X-AB41X, SB14X (33ff) LP391:174-206
1991-1992: AB6-AB3783, ACA17-ACA44, ACR53-ACR74,AJR3-AJR88 (33ff) LP391:207-235
1993-1994: AB160-AB2358, ACR22 (5ff) LP391:236-240