Inventory of the California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Records, 1957-2014

The Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee Papers were processed by Denise Ferguson, 2008. The Senate Committee of Natural Resources and Water Committee Papers were processed by Beth Behnam, 2015.
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Inventory of the California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Records, 1957-2014

Collection number: See series descriptions for LP numbers.

California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Denise Ferguson
Date Completed:
1 July 2008
Revised by:
Beth Behnam
Date Completed:
1 September 2015
Encoded by:
Beth Behnam
© 2015 California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

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


Series Description

See LP Numbers below.

Series 1 Bill Files 1971-2014

Physical Description: 1,175 file folders.

Arrangement

Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session, then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files created by the Senate Natural Resources and Water committee may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, editorial and newspaper clippings, correspondence, committee statements, and other information.
Those interested in the welfare of animals may be interested in SB67 (1993-1994) and SB1221(2011-2012), which dealt with hunting black bears with dogs, AB985 (2001-2002) which gives details of the California Endangered Species Act and "take permits," and three bills relating to ferret legislation, AB409 (1997-1998), AB854 (1999-2000), and AB647 (2005-2006). AB820 (2005-2006), regarding the keeping and breeding of wild animals, had a massive public campaign.
Those researching recreation in California may be interested in SB331 (1989-1990), which dealt with the preservation of the Donner Party Trail, as well as SB1062 (1991-1992), which dealt with the potential creation of the Port Disney theme park in Long Beach. SB1327 (2003-2004) related to the California State Park system and SB1381 (2003-2004) promoted bicycling and walking.
Those interested in wildlife conservation may want to review SB28 (1995-1996), which dealt with Proposition 113 - Habitat Conservation Fund, and SB1143 (1997-1998), which dealt with the Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) Program. AB376 (2011-2012) prohibited the sale of shark fins and had a large public campaign, and AB711 (2013-2014) banned the use of lead ammunition in hunting.
Researchers reviewing water conservation and management may be interested in SB317 (2003-2004) which sought to restore the Salton Sea and had a huge public campaign, SB820 (2005-2006) regarding water conservation, AB2270 (2007-2008) which created a revision to recycled water quality, SB263 (2011-2012) which recommended well logs, and SB1201 (2011-2012) which sought to restore the Los Angeles River.
Those interested in the subjects of toxic substances and energy development may want to research SB403 (2005-2006) which sought to regulate the tanker movement of hazardous materials in state waters, and SB4 (2013-2014) which sought to regulate fracking.
Microfilm copies of bill files are available for the years 1971-1988 where indicated with MF before the LP number.
Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee:
1971: SB107-SB1555, SR144 (8ff) MF LP162:276-283
1971: AB600-AB3066 (4ff) MF LP162:284-287
1972: SB2-SB1471, SCA19, SCR18-SCR65, SR10-SR28 (13ff) MF LP164:123-135
1972: AB200-AB2350, ACA48, ACR9-ACR74 (3ff) MF LP164:136-138
1973-1974: SB5, SB1498, SB1981 (4ff) MF LP208:269-272
1973-1974: SB185-SB2303, SCR55-SCR57, SJR35-SJR73, SR11 (7ff) LP164:185-191
1973-1974: AB227 (2ff) LP212:191-192
1973-1974: AB385-AB3569 (2ff) LP164:192-193
1975-1976: SB35-SB2125, SCR24-SCR73, SJR25-SJR55 (26ff) MF LP208:273-298
1975-1976: SB756 (3ff) LP255:54-56
1975-1976: SB1277 (3ff) LP212:193-195
1975-1976: AB15-AB4513, ACR99 (13ff) MF LP208:299-311
1977-1978: SB4-SB2209, SCR23 (19ff) MF LP208:312-330
1977-1978: SB344-SB1505 (19ff) LP212:196-214
1977-1978: SB1353-SB1357 (4ff) LP255:57-60
1977-1978: AB1-AB3416 (10ff) MF LP208:331-340
1979-1980: SB4-SB1879 (40ff) LP212:215-254
1979-1980: SB5-SB1953, SCA25, SCR60, SJR8, SJR34 (22ff) MF LP208:341-362
1979-1980: SB1300 (3ff) LP255:61-63
1979-1980: AB13-AB2741, ACR22-ACR62, AJR64 (9ff) MF LP208:363-370
1981-1982: SB4-SB993 (13ff) MF LP212:255-267
1981-1982: SB708-SB1427 (3ff) LP255:66-68
1981-1982: SB1027-SB1920 (10ff) MF LP213:1-10
1981-1982: AB181-AB3783, ACR41 (8ff) MF LP213:11-18
1983-1984: SB55-SB2335, SCR9-SCR60 (26ff) MF LP226:139-164
1983-1984: AB44-AB3898, ACR142 (28ff) MF LP226:165-186
1985-1986: SB13-SB2614, SCR25-SCR82, SJR6-SJR55, SR32 (29ff) MF LP255:1-29
1985-1986: AB20-AB4413, ACR65-ACR160, AJR10-AJR92 (24ff) MF LP255:30-53
1987-1988: SB4-SB1633 (14ff) MF LP272:235-249
1987-1988: SB1641-SB2835, SCR16-SCR65, SJR5-SJR45, SJR1X-SJR2X (13ff) MF LP273:1-13
1987-1988: AB20-AB4634, ACR79-ACR136, AJR12-AJR76 (24ff) MF LP273:14-37
1989-1990: SB116-SB2905, SCA44-SCA53, SCR17-SCR79, SRJ6-SJR60, SB6X-SB48X (66ff) LP383:1-66
1989-1990: AB80-AB4363, ACR39-ACR159, AJR2-AJR88 (35ff) LP383:67-101
1989-1990: AB48X (.5ff) LP183:77
1991-1992: SB11-SB2062, SCA18, SCR17-SCR90, SJR38-SJR51 (25ff) LP383:102-126
1991-1992: AB1-AB3819, ACR7-ACR25, AJR2-AJR59, AB12X-AB14X (26ff) LP383:127-179
1993-1994: SB64-SB2116, SCR9, SJR31-SJR47 (31ff) LP383:180-210
1993-1994: AB14-AB3812, ACR80, AJR41-AJR90 (18ff) LP383:211-228
1995-1996: SB6-SB2178, SCR3-SCR39, SJR13-SJR42, SB4X-SB17X (32ff) LP383:229-260
1995-1996: AB25-AB3464, AJR30, AJR33 (25ff) LP383:261-285
1997-1998: SB114-SB2213, SJR41, SB7X-SB8X (23ff) LP383:286-308
1997-1998: AB21-AB2587, AJR3-AJR62 (21ff) LP383:309-329
1999-2000: SB1-SB2179, SJR2 (22ff) LP383:330-351
1999-2000: AB18-AB2941, AJR69 (32ff) LP383:352-383
2001-2002: SB1-SB2091, SCA17, SJR12-SJR45 (22ff) LP383:384-404
2001-2002: SB116, SB1521 (4ff) LP383:846-849
2001-2002: AB52-AB3055, ACA8, ACR3-ACR20, AJR14-AJR25 (31ff) LP383:405-435
Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee:
2003-2004: SB8-SB1908, SCR91, SJR5-SJR30, SB21X (33ff) LP383:436-468
2003-2004: SB317-SB1381 (10ff) LP383:850-859
2003-2004: AB16-AB3039, AJR47, AB1XX (31ff) LP383:469-499
2005-2006: SB21-SB1846, SCR24, Fire Resolution (27ff) LP383:860-886
2005-2006: AB7-AB3038, AJR14 (29ff) LP383:887-915
2007-2008: SB4-SB1690, SCR85-SCR113, SJR2-SJR4 (38ff) LP383:916-937
2007-2008: SBX2_1-SBX2_6 (5ff) LP383:938-942
2007-2008: AB3-AB3081, AJR21-AJR66 (38ff) LP383:943-980
2009-2010: SB4-SB1468, SJR18 (25ff) LP383:981-1005
2009-2010: SBX7_1, SBX8_30 (1ff) LP383:1006
2009-2010: AB13-AB2776, ACR132, AJR3-AJR38 (28ff) LP383:1007-1034
2011-2012: SB16-SB1577, SJR17 (34ff) LP383:1035-1068
2011-2012: AB42-AB2649, ACR55, AJR20 (34ff) LP383:1069-1102
2011-2012: ABX1_13 (1ff) LP383:1103
2013-2014: SB4-SB814 (7ff) LP383:1104-1110
2013-2014: AB34-AB1273 (12ff) LP383:1111-1122
See Appendix A for LP Numbers.

Series 2 Hearing Files 1959-2013

Physical Description: 528 file folders, 357 Audio Cassettes, 22 Videotapes, 138 Compact Discs.

Arrangement

Hearing files are arranged chronologically by date of hearing.

Scope and Content Note

Hearing types include informational hearings, joint informational hearings, and round tables. Files may contain agendas, testimony, transcripts, reports, and background material. Audio cassettes, videotapes, and compact discs have been separated from the files and are stored separately for preservation purposes. A separation sheet is placed in the folders to alert researchers to the existence of such material. Hearings of interest include: Stockton ship channels (04/23/1971), Surface mining issues (11/20/1974), Federal Clean Air Act (10/14/1976), Offshore oil drilling (11/14/1983), the Fountain Fire of 1992 (03/12/1993), the Clinton Forestry Plan (08/18/1993 and 01/05/1993), the Governor's Flood Protection Plan (02/22/2004), the State of California's Environment (02/02/2005), the Water Bond (01/24/2006-02/21/2006), Proposed Infrastructure Bonds (03/01/2006), Proposition 84 (08/08/2006, 02/27/2007-03/13/2007), the Los Angeles River (05/11/2007, 10/12/2011), Catastrophic Fires Prevention (03/07/2008), State Park Closures (08/28/2009), and the Delta Update (03/08/2011).
For a complete list of hearing dates and subjects, see Appendix A in Additional Series Information.

Additional Series Information

See Appendix B for LP Numbers.

Series 3 Subject Files 1972-2003

Physical Description: 16 file folders.

Arrangement

Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject Files include correspondence, background materials, notes, and reports regarding the Division of Forestry, State Parks system, cultural resources, domestic violence, environmental impact report, genetics, Headwaters Forest Stewardship Plan, Methyl Teri-Butyl Ether (MTBE), and recycling.
For a complete listing of subject file titles and dates, see Appendix B in Additional Series Information.

Additional Series Information

See Appendix C for LP Numbers.

Series 4 Committee Files 1960-2003

Physical Description: 21 file folders

Arrangement

The Committee Files are arranged chronologically by session.

Scope and Content Note

The Committee Files contain: rules and waivers regarding the Standing Rules of the Senate and Joint rules, Legislative Counsel forms, jurisdictions, list of bill authors, file notices in regards to forestry, coastal resources, endangered species, commercial fishing, as well as referrals and information on bills referred to the committee.
For a complete list of committee files, see Appendix C in Additional Series Information.

Additional Series Information

LP164:199, LP383:817-843

Series 5 Salmon Files 1957-1969 1997-1998

Physical Description: 28 file folders

Arrangement

The Salmon Files have been retained in the order in which they were received.

Scope and Content Note

The Salmon Files contain historical information on salmon decline, scientific studies, petitions, as well as information regarding spring-run salmon, salmon spawning, legal requirements, and California Endangered Species Act "take permits." There is background on laws and regulations regarding salmon fishing, as well as scientific studies and information regarding salmon spawning and migration.
For a folder list of salmon files, see Appendix D in Additional Series Information.

Additional Series Information

LP383:1248-1268

Series 6 Session Binder Files 2005-2011

Physical Description: 21 file folders.

Arrangement

The Session Binder Files are arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

The Session Binder Files contain Committee Rules, Action Reports, Bill Referral Requests, File Notices, Informational Hearing Requests, End of Session Reports, Hearing Agendas, Roll Call Votes, Full Committee Logs, and Disposition Reports.
2005 (3ff) LP383:1248-1250
2006 (4ff) LP383:1251-1954
2007 (3ff) LP383:1255-1257
2008 (4ff) LP383:1258-1261
2009 (3ff) LP383:1262-1264
2010 (2ff) LP383:1265-1266
2011 (2ff) LP383:1267-1268