Physical Description: 294 file folders
Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and then numerically by bill number.
Scope and Content Note
Bill files created by Dominic Cortese document legislation he authored while serving as a member of the State Assembly. Files
generally include drafts of bills, analyses by committees and state agencies, comments by constituents or interested parties,
notes by Cortese and his staff, relevant background reports or newspaper articles, correspondence in support of or opposed
to the legislation, veto messages, notices from the legislative counsel about related bills, and other miscellaneous materials.
Depending on the extent of the bill file, they may help reveal the legislator's intent for the measure.
One example of the many significant initiatives sponsored by Dominic Cortese is AB2641 (Chapter 944, Statutes of 1982),
which sought to extend the California's Peace Officers' Bill of Rights to all persons in the State with law enforcement powers,
including park rangers, school security officers, airport police, and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police. In 1981, Cortese
introduced AB1183 (Chapter 127, Statutes of 1982), aimed at securing a 24-hour dispatching system for all game wardens and
state park rangers. In 1983, he submitted AB91 to include firefighters in the Peace Officers' Bill of Rights, although this
bill was vetoed. Dominic Cortese actively worked to introduce bills that sought to bolster advancements and learning in California's
high-technology business sector. In a press release from August, 1982 Cortese stated, "Almost half of all the new jobs in
the next ten years will come from the high-technology indust...we cannot afford to let other countries take jobs away from
our citizens." Cortese also introduced legislation (AB1078, Chapter 1491, Statutes of 1984) aimed at preventing and prosecuting
thefts of high-technology equipment and intellectual property. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Cortese authored
several bills aimed at dealing with problems associated with seismic events. AB200 (Chapter 699, Statutes of 1991) sought
to disclose potential earthquake hazards, while AB204 (Chapter 173, Statutes of 1991) dealt with rewriting the Health and
Safety Code to require seismic retrofitting on structures deemed unsafe.
1981-1982 AB189-AB3691, ACA73-ACA84, HR35 (32ff) LP365:1-32
1983-1984 AB91-AB3901, ACA10-ACA56 (46ff) LP365:33-78
1985-1986 AB115-AB4417, ACA44, ACR46-ACR143, AJR52, HR16 (60ff) LP365:79-138
1987-1988 AB195-AB4644, ACA24, ACR4-ACR21, AJR62 (45ff) LP365:139-183
1989-1990 AB192-AB4177, ACA19-ACA60, ACR131-ACR180, AJR10-AJR27, AB15X-AB35X (43ff, 1 videocassette) LP365:184-226
1991-1992 AB171-AB3644, ACR135, AB9X-AB19X (21ff) LP365:227-247
1993-1994 AB97-AB3791, ACR6-ACR127, AJR52-AJR63, HR53 (28ff) LP365:248-275
1995-1996 AB86-AB3184, ACR44, AJR30, HR23-HR84 (19ff) LP365:276-294