Introduced in 1997, Senate Resolution 7 (Lockyer) created the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. This committee replaced
the Senate Toxics and Public Safety Management Committee as the entity responsible for hearing bills related to California's
environmental quality. Providing oversight and analysis on legislation related to hazardous waste, solid waste, air pollution,
and water pollution remains the focus of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. The records of the committee consist
of one series regarding the committee's activities: Bill files (1997-2002).
The Senate Environmental Quality Committee was created in 1997, replacing and assuming the responsibilities of the Senate
Toxics and Public Safety Management Committee. During the 1997-1998 legislative session Senate Resolution 7 (Lockyer) made
changes to certain Senate standing committees relating to their member composition and subject jurisdiction. Additionally,
this resolution created a new standing committee: the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. The primary focus of this committee
is to provide oversight of legislative bills related to environmental quality, air quality, toxics, and hazardous waste. At
inception the Environmental Quality Committee also had policy jurisdiction over bills relating to integrated waste management
that was previously overseen by the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization. In the 1999-2000 legislative session, the
Environmental Quality Committee was charged with policy jurisdiction over legislation relating to water quality.
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