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Inventory of the California State Assembly Local Government Committee Records, 1940-2008
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Series Description

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Series 1 Bill Files 1969-2008

Physical Description: 1,486 file folders and 2 VHS tapes

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by legislative session, then numerically by bill number.

Access Information

Access to audiovisual materials requires the production of use copies.

Scope and Content Note

Bills that deal with the duties, status, and regulations of local governments are generally referred to the Assembly Local Government Committee. Bill files generally include the analysis of bills prepared by legislative staff and may also contain correspondence, special reports, newspaper articles, and similar materials. The files tend to include more information after 1979. Because of the broad scope of the committee, bills considered by the committee may be as specific as proposed changes to a single water district or as wide-ranging as the California Environmental Quality Act (AB2045, 1970). The committee also reviewed bills that responded specific emergencies in localities; for examples AB1974 (1993-1994) that helped business owners with losses from the Los Angeles Riots of 1992; SB248 and SB273 (1993-1994) in response to damage caused by the Northridge Earthquake of 1994; SB863, SB864, and SB866 in response to the Orange County financial crisis. After the passage of the measures (SB617, 1991-1992 and SB1135, 1993-1994) that resulted in the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund that required a certain amount of local property taxes to go towards public schools, local governments supported various measures that would protect their share of the remaining revenue.
Microfilm copies of bill files are available for the years 1969-1988.
1969: AB81-AB2326, ACA51, ACA67 (2ff) MF LP214:192-193
1970: AB60-AB2529, ACA33, ACA51, ACR11 (2ff) MF LP214:194-195
1970: SB15-SB1304, SCA19, SJR35 (1ff) MF LP214:196
1971: AB19-AB3094, ACA14, ACA55 (3ff) MF LP214:197-199
1971: SB46-SB1634, SJR93 (1ff) MF LP214:200
1972: AB27-AB2374, ACA31, ACA55 (2ff) MF LP214:201-202
1972: SB54-SB1468 (1ff) MF LP214:203
1973-1974: AB14-AB4415, ACA12, ACA91, AJR10, AJR59 (3ff) MF LP214:204-206
1973-1974: SB33-SB2416, SJR53 (1ff) MF LP214:207
1975-1976: AB20-AB4526, ACA18-ACA99, ACR167, AJR4 (5ff) MF LP214:208-209 MF:LP242:147-149
1975-1976: SB39-SB2186 (2ff) MF LP214:210 MF LP242:150
1977-1978: AB8-AB3824, ACA3-ACA78,ACR8-ACR122 (2ff) MF LP214:211-212
1977-1978: SB44-SB2208, SCA20, SCA35 (1ff) MF LP214:213
1979-1980: AB9-AB3477, ACA56, ACA85, ACR51 (17ff) MF LP187:158-172, MF LP214:214-215
1979-1980: SB51-SB2025, SCR29, SCR58 (7ff) MF LP206:194-199 MF LP214:216 SB462 (1ff) LP232:235
1981-1982: AB30-AB3796, ACA33-ACA86, AJR69 (14ff) MF LP206:200-212 MF LP214:217
1981-1982: AB251, AB2470 (2ff) MF LP212:68-69
1981-1982: SB55-SB2052 (7ff) MF LP206:213-218
1981-1982: SB66, SB297, SB1425 (2ff) MF LP212:70-71
1983-1984: AB14-AB4045, ACA54-ACA56, ACR150 (16ff) MF LP215:209-222
1983-1984: AB832, AB2010 (2ff) MF LP232:236-237
1983-1984: AB2038 (6ff) MF LP242:163-169
1983-1984: SB36-SB2337, SJR15 (12ff) MF LP242:151-162
1985-1986: AB49-AB810 MF LP255:195-201 AB820-4388, ACA36 (26ff) MF LP232:201-225
1985-1986: SB61-SB2441, SJR30 (9ff) MF LP232:226-234
1987-1988: AB13-AB4673, ACA9-ACA53 (29ff) MF LP263:163-191
1987-1988: Preprint SB1; SB97-SB2893 (29ff) MF LP263:192-220
1989-1990: AB35-AB4267, ACA1-ACA53, ACR131, AB1X-AB37X (71ff) LP292:1-70
1989-1990: SB20-SB2882, SCA2, SCA19, SJR36, SB27X (70ff) LP292:71-140
1991-1992: AB3-AB3813, ACA3-ACA39, ACR18-ACR108 AB27X-AB54X (94ff) LP292:141-234
1991-1992: SB11-SB2037, SCA13 (82ff) LP292:235-316
1993-1994: AB1-AB3800, ACA1-ACA45, ACR104, AJR59, AB90X-AB142X (82ff) LP327:1-81
1993-1994: SB1-SB2112, SCA20, SCA336, SCR18 (59ff) LP327:82-140
1995-1996: AB5-AB3503, ACA7-38, ACR90, AB2X (79ff) LP327:141-219
1995-1996: SB8-SB2169, SB11X (74ff) LP327:220-283
1997-1998: AB1-AB2708, ACA4-ACA42, ACR71, AJR60, HR52-HR58, AB2X-AB13X (LP327:454-525)
1997-1998: SB14-SB2227 (LP327:527-576)
1999-2000: AB24-AB2940, ACA11-ACA23 (LP327:577-663)
1999-2000: SB3-SB2117, SCA7, SJR13 (LP327:664-715)
2001-2002: AB205-AB3057, ACA10, ACR228 (LP327:716-785)
2001-2002: SB27-SB1579, SB23XX (LP327:786-837)
2003-2004: AB5-AB3105, ACA5-ACA30, AJR59-AJR84 (LP327:838-906)
2003-2004: SB10-SB1909, SJR23 (LP327:907-942)
2005-2006: AB14-AB3074, ACA7-ACA30 (LP327:943-1005)
2005-2006: SB35-SB1842 (LP327:1006-1043)
2007-2008: AB5-AB3080, ACA3-ACA8 (LP327:1044-1096)
2007-2008: SB2-SB1732 (LP327:1097-1128)
See appendix B for LP numbers

Series 2 Hearing Files 1951-2002

Physical Description: 421 file folders, 131 audiocassettes, 3 VHS tapes, and 14 dictabelts

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of hearing.

Access Information

Access to audiovisual materials requires the production of use copies.

Scope and Content Note

Hearing files for Assembly Local Government Committee may contain agendas, audiotapes, transcripts, testimony, background reports, and working files for regular session hearings, interim hearings, and some joint hearings. Tapes (dictabelts, audiocassettes, and VHS tapes) have been moved to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the appropriate files to alert the researcher to the existence of such tapes. When complete, hearings files can provide in-depth analysis of issues of concern to the committee and California's local government. Their topics reveal some continuity in concerns; the earliest hearing files in the Archives from 1951 address the division of powers between state and local governments. The topic reoccurs in subsequent decades. The appropriate response to suburban development and the application of the California Environmental Quality Act are also recurrent topics. The best and fairest methods for financing local government responsibilities are a regular concern, especially after the passage of Proposition 13. Other topics that receive less frequent attention include contracts with private business for public services, boundary changes, homelessness, transit districts, the specific needs of rural areas, County Assessors Offices, the division of Los Angeles County, disaster assistance. The committee often held joint hearings with the Senate Local Government Committee, and less often with the Assembly Committees on Transportation, Housing and Community Development, and Revenue and Taxation.
For a list of hearing dates and topics, see Appendix B available on the California State Archvies website.
See appendix C for LP numbers

Series 3 Subject Files 1944-1985

Physical Description: 62 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files contain studies, correspondence with local governments and interest groups, press clippings, and reports on topics of interest to the Municipal and County Government and the Local Government Committees. The files date from a variety of periods and were maintained by the committee over varying lengths of time. Some files focus on the implementation of the United States and California Supreme Courts ruling that "One Man, One Vote" principles applied to local government elections. A collection of legislative counsel opinions documents the changing legal powers of Local Agency Formation Commissions. The issue of how best to finance local government reoccurs in various folders; an interesting proposal in 1972 recommended the abolition of property taxes and the implementation of income taxes at the local level. The controversial development of parts of San Bruno Mountain in San Mateo County is well-documented through environmental impact reports, comments by the LAFCo, newspapers reports, and other documents, mainly from the 1980s. Water sources for the city of Carlsbad in San Diego County are also discussed in series of studies, court rulings, and newspaper articles. The concern of the committee with how to revise the Subdivision Map Act appears in the files of the task force that helped developed AB1173 (1981-1982).
For a list of subject headings, see Appendix C available on the California State Archives website.
LP38:17, 19-20 LP327:425-453

Series 4 Correspondence Files 1964-1985

Physical Description: 32 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence includes letter received and written by the chairs of the Committee, its members, and its staff members. The bulk is from 1973-1985. The correspondence documents the wide-ranging interests of the committee in matters concerning local governments, its role of providing information to other elected officials about the specifics of California's laws regarding local governments, and its close working relationship with a wide range of associations, including the League of California Cities, the County Supervisors Association of California, and California Local Area Formation Committees.
Committee Correspondence. 1955-1956 (3ff) LP38:17, LP38:19-20
Committee Correspondence. 1964 (1ff) LP327:425
Committee Correspondence. 1973-1985 (27ff) LP327:426-452
Committee Correspondence. 1989-1990 (1ff) LP327:453
LP215:262-267, LP216:1-5

Series 5 Legislative Counsel Opinions 1962-1982

Physical Description: 11 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of issue.

Scope and Content Note

Responses by the Legislative Counsels to questions about existing statutes and proposed legislation and their effects on local governments.
Opinions, 1962-1974 (6ff) LP215:262-267
Opinions, 1975-1982 (6ff) LP216:1-5
LP215:234-256

Series 6 Court Decisions 1940-1982

Physical Description: 22 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by the year of decision.

Scope and Content Note

A collection of court decisions by state and federal courts that pertain to local government operations and were deemed critical by committee staff. For most years, an index is in the folder.