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Inventory of the California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Records, 1957-2014
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Committee History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Records
    Dates: 1957-2014
    Collection number: See Series Description.
    Creator: Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, 2003-present
    Creator/Collector: Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee, 1970-2002
    Creator/Collector: Senate Natural Resources Committee, 1957-1969
    Collection Size: Approximately 93 cubic feet including videotapes, audiotapes, and CDs.
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee six record series consists of Senate Bill Files (1971-2014), Hearing Files (1959-2013), Subject Files (1972-2003), Committee Files (1960-2003), Salmon Files (1957-1969, 1997-1998), and Session Binder Files (2005-2011). These files show the close involvement of the committee in such issues as animal welfare, recreation, forest management, water resources, toxic chemicals and energy, and its close involvement with the Departments of Water Resources and Parks and Recreation.
    Physical location: California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please consult California State Archives staff. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Records, [LP number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee records according to state law.

    Committee History

    The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee is the most recent Senate committee to oversee legislation regarding California's natural resources and wildlife.
    The first committee that had natural resources under its purview was the Senate Natural Resources Committee. It began studying legislation on January 8, 1941. Its purpose was to investigate legislation regarding bills amending the Public Resources Code and uncodified legislation relating to mines and mining, oil, forestry, parks, and to the public domain.
    In 1967, its purpose was modified to include bills amending that portion of the Harbors and Navigation Code relating to the Department of Harbors and Watercraft.
    In 1970, this committee was changed. The Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee was formed by Senate Resolution 83, passed on February 18, 1970. In addition to bills amending the Public Resources code and the Harbors and Navigation code, it also reviewed bills on the Fish and Game code. Geothermal issues were added in 1972.
    The Senate passed Senate Resolution 8 on January 5, 1981 which shifted the committee's focus. It began reviewing bills relating to the conservation and the management of public resources, fish and wildlife, regulation of oil, mining, geothermal development, and forestry practices, recreation, parks, and historical resources, and legislation affecting California boating and solid waste.
    Senate Resolution 16, which passed on March 7, 1991, added to the committee's scope acid deposition, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, and beverage container recycling. It also removed the subject of solid waste.
    On January 13, 1995, Senate Resolution 10 added ocean and bay pollution as a new concern for the committee.
    On December 2, 2002, this committee was changed. The committee was renamed the Natural Resources and Water Committee by Senate Resolution 4, although the scope of the committee remained constant.
    Senate Resolution 10, passed on March 17, 2005, added the subject of coastal resources and water supply management to the committee's focus, and beverage container recycling was removed.
    The chairs of these committees from 1942 to 2014 were as follows:
    Senate Natural Resources, 1941-1969
    Wagy, J.I. (Rep.-Dem.), 1942
    Fletcher, Edward (Rep.-Dem.), 1943-1946
    DeLap, T.H. (Rep.-Dem.), 1947-1948
    Mayo, Jesse M. (Rep.-Dem.), 1949-1950
    Busch, Burt W. (Rep.-Dem.), 1951-1954
    Johnson, Harold T. (Dem.), 1955-1958
    Berry, Swift (Rep.), 1959-1960
    Arnold, Stanley (Dem.), 1961-1962
    Farr, Fred S. (Dem.), 1963-1966
    Lagomarsino, Robert J. (Rep.), 1967-1969
    Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee, 1970-2002
    Lagomarsino, Robert J. (Rep.), 1970-1972
    Nejedly, John A. (Rep.), 1973-1980
    Presley, Robert D. (Dem.), 1981-1986
    McCorquodale, Dan (Dem.), 1987-1992
    Thompson, Mike (Dem.), 1993-1994
    Hayden, Tom (Dem.), 1995-2000
    Kuehl, Sheila J. (Dem.) 2001-2002
    Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, 2003-present
    Kuehl, Sheila J. (Dem.) 2003-2006
    Steinberg, Darrell (Dem.), 2007-2008
    Pavley, Fran (Dem.), 2009-2014

    Scope and Content

    The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee six record series consists of Senate Bill Files (1971-2014), Hearing Files (1959-2013), Subject Files (1972-2003), Committee Files (1960-2003), Salmon Files (1957-1969, 1997-1998), and Session Binder Files (2005-2011).
    These files show the close involvement of the committee in such issues as animal welfare, recreation, forest management, water resources, toxic chemicals and energy, and its close involvement with the Departments of Water Resources and Parks and Recreation.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
    Wildlife conservation-California
    Water-California
    Parks-California
    Forests and forestry-California
    Energy Policy-California