The Senate Public Safety Committee Records consist of 82.5 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records. The Senate Public
Safety Committee was created in 1997, replacing and assuming the responsibilities of the Senate Criminal Procedure Committee.
The Senate Public Safety Committee was created in 1997, replacing and assuming the responsibilities of the Senate Criminal
Procedure Committee. During the 1997-1998 legislative session, Senate Resolution 9 (Lockyer) changed the name at the request
of the committee chair. The committee originally consisted of eight members and hears bills relating to “the Evidence Code,
pertaining to criminal procedure, the Penal Code, statutes of a penal nature not related closely to a subject included in
another subdivision of this rule, and bills relating to the Youth and Adult Corrections Agency” (California Legislature at
Sacramento, 1997, p. 104).
The committee spent much of its time on drug enforcement issues, focusing on such areas as crystal methamphetamine, crystal
methamphetamine production and child endangerment, treatment and rehab versus punishment, marijuana, medical marijuana, and
ecstasy (MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine). Many of the drug enforcement related bills indicate tension over punishing
first time, nonviolent drug offenders and providing rehabilitation. The committee also devoted significant time to issues
related to mentally ill offenders, sex offenders and human trafficking.
82.5 cubic feet, 349 audiocassettes, 163 videocassettes (VHS), 100 audio discs (CD), 11 videodiscs (DVD)
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