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Inventory of the Burt Margolin Papers
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Series Descriptions


Series 1 Bill Files 1983-1994

Physical Description: 181 file folders


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

Scope and Content Note

Most bill files include all or some of the following items: bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, press releases, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Margolin's legislative interests included health care, environmental protection, recycling, and food safety. Margolin authored multiple bills related to universal health insurance and expanding Medi-Cal to benefit disadvantaged groups. Most notable among these bills is AB3595 (1988), the Healthy Children Act, or "Baby-Cal," which would have given all poor and uninsured women access to prenatal and delivery care. Margolin was also interested in reforming California's worker's compensation insurance system, and endeavored to increase benefits for injured workers through the Worker's Compensation Improvement Act of 1989 (AB2032). Materials related to this bill include 58 audiotapes of informational hearings, committee and subcommittee hearings, assembly floor sessions, and press conferences regarding worker's compensation insurance reform. Audiotapes have been removed to cold storage and separation sheets are included in the files to alert researchers to their presence.
1983-1984: AB626-AB3911, AJR115, AJR124, AB40X (20ff) LP403:1-20.
1983-1984: SB18X (1ff) LP403:20.
1985-1986: AB41-AB4385, ACR2, AJR24 (23ff) LP403:21-43.
1987-1988: AB20-AB4563, ACR88 (25ff) LP403:44-68.
1989-1990: AB18-AB4285, ACA65 (46ff) LP403:69-114.
1991-1992: AB14-AB3786, ACA9, ACR52, AB51X-AB53X (36ff) LP403:115-151.
1993-1994: AB16-AB3751, ACA19, ACR11, ACR67 (30ff) LP403:152-181.

Series 2 Hearing Files 1985-1990

Physical Description: 14 file folders


Hearing Files are arranged chronologically by date of hearing.

Scope and Content Note

Hearing Files consist of material related to hearings held by the Assembly Finance and Insurance Committee and the Special Assembly Committee on Medi-Cal Oversight. Margolin was actively involved in each of these committees. As a member of the Assembly Finance and Insurance Committee, Margolin participated in hearings that addressed issues like the implementation of Proposition 103 (1988), commodity fraud scams, and assigned risk insurance plans. As first a member and later the Chair of the Special Assembly Committee on Medi-Cal Oversight, Margolin administered hearings relating to Medi-Cal reforms. These hearings covered topics like poor women's access to prenatal care, AIDS patients, funding for county trauma centers, and "patient dumping." Audiotapes have been removed to cold storage and separation sheets are included in the files to alert researchers to their presence.
For a complete list of hearings, see Appendix A in master finding aid at the California State Archives.