The records of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and Senate Health and Human Services Committee consist of 134 cubic
feet of material reflecting the activities of the committee in introducing and investigating legislation related to California's
Health and Safety Code and Welfare and Institutions Code. The records cover the years 1970-2004. The record group also includes
the records of many subcommittees.
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee was created with the adoption of Senate Resolution 9 on January 6, 1970. The Health
and Welfare Committee evolved from the consolidation of three former standing Senate committees: the Institutions Committee;
Public Health and Safety Committee formerly the Public Health Committee; and the Labor and Social Welfare Committee, formerly
the Social Welfare Committee. At its inception, the eleven members of the Health and Welfare Committee were to review "all
bills relating to public health; welfare; alcoholic beverages; and all bills relating to the State Department of Mental Hygiene
or to institutions under its jurisdiction, including: state hospitals, homes for the feeble-minded, inebriate colonies, institutions
for delinquents, homes for blind, industrial workshops, and any other institutions of a similar nature; and all bills relating
to the Youth Authority and to institutions under its jurisdiction" (California Legislature at Sacramento, 1970, p93). In 1972,
the number of committee members had been increased to thirteen and bills relating to alcoholic beverages were no longer referred
to the Health and Welfare Committee, but to the Business and Professions Committee.
134 cubic feet, 394 audiotapes, 17 videotapes, 62 photographs, 5 reel-to-reel tapes
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of materials from the California State Archives' collections.
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