353 file folders
Arranged chronologically by session, then by house of origin and bill number.
Scope and Content Note
Bill files created by Patrick Johnston document legislation he authored while serving as a member of the state Assembly and
the Senate. An average file may contain drafts of bills, analyses by committees and state agencies, comments by constituents
or other interested parties, notes by Johnston and his staff, relevant background reports or newspaper articles, correspondence
in support of or opposed to legislation, veto messages, notices from the legislative counsel about related bills and other
While the series as a whole offers the full spectrum of Johnston's legislative interests, several notable bills illustrate
Johnston's legislative priorities. Throughout Johnston's career, he often built his legislation around issues of major public
concern. Public school safety became an increasingly important matter during the mid 1990s. Johnston responded to growing
public fear regarding school safety by authoring SB 966 (Stats. 1995, ch. 972). The law mandated that schools expel students
for at least a semester as punishment for bringing any weapons on campus or selling drugs on school property. The legislation
also created the ZMZ (Zero Means Zero) Corporation, a nonprofit organization formed to implement an advertising campaign geared
towards kids to promote the message of Zero Tolerance of weapons and drugs. Scientific advances in genetic testing and cloning
in the 1990s brought forth new public concerns about the potential of such information. Johnston authored several bills designed
to protect individuals from discrimination based on genetic testing including, SB1146 (Stats. 1994, ch. 761), SB 970 (1995
not enacted), SB 1020 (Stats. 1995, ch. 695), SB 1740 (Stats. 1996, ch. 532), SB 654 (Stats. 1998, ch. 99), SB 1654 (Stats.
1998, ch. 521), SB 1800 (Stats. 1998, ch. 897), SB 1185 (Stats. 1999, ch. 311). In addition, he authored SB1344 (Stats. 1997,
ch. 688), which placed a five-year moratorium on the cloning of human beings in order to weigh the social, ethical, moral,
spiritual, and legal consequence of such scientific advances.
Many of the important bills authored by Johnston directly correspond with other series in the collection. For example, the
bills Johnston authored on Japanese Redress which include, AB 2710 (Stats. 1982, ch. 523), AB4087 (Stats. 1988, ch.555), SB353
(1991 not enacted), and SB164 (Stats. 1999, ch. 471) can be used in conjunction with the Japanese Redress Files. Because of
the information Johnston gathered in the Savings and Loan Law Regulation Files, he authored AB 3643 (Stats. 1990, ch. 1118).
Likewise, the Delta Protection Act, SB 1866 (Stats 1992, ch. 898) was a result of his ongoing interest in preservation of
the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, shown in the Delta Protection Files.
1981-1982 AB487-AB3779, ACA54, ACR95-ACR121,AJR64-AJR99 (15ff) LP335:1-15
1983-1984 AB247-AB3718, ACA46, ACR48-ACR98 (25ff) LP335:16-40
1985-1986 AB99-AB4125, ACR20-ACR95(29ff) LP335:41-69
1987-1988 AB82-AB4089, ACA63, ACR107, AJR21(36ff) LP335:70-105
1989-1990 AB27-AB4282, AJR29-AJR83, AB11X (28ff) LP335:106-133
1991-1992 SB239-SB1907, SCR48, SJR37 (47ff) LP335:134-180
1993-1994 SB4-SB2068, SCR31, SCR56, SR20 (46ff) LP335:181-226
1995-1996 SB43- SB2176, SCR11, SCR59, SJR16,SJR20, SR20 (56ff) LP335:227-282
1997-1998 SB146- SB2236, SCR11- SCR89, SB9X (42ff) LP335:283-324
1999-2000 SB43- SB2156, SCR38 (29ff) LP335:325-353