Scope and Content
Title: State and Consumer Services Agency Records
Collection number: R209
State and Consumer Services Agency
75 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: The State and Consumer Services Agency oversees a diverse array of state departments and is considered the conglomerate superagency
within state government. The records of the State and Consumer Services Agency consist of 75 cubic feet of textual records
covering the period 1989 through 2000.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication
is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
[Identification of item], State and Consumer Services Agency Records, R209.[Series Number], [box and folder number], California
State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.
Acquisition and Custodial History
The California State Archives acquired the State and Consumer Services Agency Records according to state law.
The State and Consumer Services Agency was created in 1977 when it succeeded the responsibilities of the Agriculture and Services
Agency (Chapter 1229, Statutes of 1977). The State and Consumer Services Agency oversees a diverse array of state departments
and is considered the conglomerate superagency within state government. The agency is under the supervision of the Secretary
for State and Consumer Services, who is appointed by the governor and is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The agency's
main responsibility is to provide communication, coordination, and policy guidance between the Governor's Office and the departments
within the agency. State departments under the supervision of the agency have included the California Science Center, California
Museum of Science and Industry, California African-American Museum, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of
Fair Employment and Housing, Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, the Franchise
Tax Board, the Department of General Services, State Personnel Board, Public Employees' Retirement System, State Teachers'
Retirement System, Department of Veterans Affairs, Building Standards Commission, Seismic Safety Commission, the Victim Compensation
and Government Claims Board, the Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection, and the Office of the Insurance Advisor,
and the California Public Broadcasting Commission.
Scope and Content
The records of the State and Consumer Services Agency consist of 75 cubic feet of textual records covering the period 1989
through 2000. The record group contains two series: Bill Files (1989-2000) and Legislative Proposals (1991-1997). The files
include bill analyses, reports, correspondence, memoranda, enrolled bill reports, comments, notes, and bill drafts and reflect
the varied legislative interests of the State and Consumer Services Agency. The bill files tracked the majority of the legislation
introduced in the legislature from 1989 until 2000. The vast majority of legislation tracked related to consumer, health,
and environmental issues. However, several other issues such as firearm safety and building standards were also tracked by
the Agency. The depth of this collection provides potential researchers with an alternative avenue to investigate these issues
that may be are difficult to track otherwise. Since the agency oversees a conglomerate of departments, topics run the gamut
from personnel issues, state procurement, retirement concerns, housing and employment discrimination, college and university
housing, budget and fiscal concerns, veterans' issues, environmental and health concerns, permitting and regulating functions
of the Department of Consumer Affairs, and a broad variety of other subjects. The records relating to the California Public
Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) are remarkably detailed
and may be of particular interest.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California. State and Consumer Services Agency