Inventory of the California State Senate Environmental Quality Committee Records

Processed by Sven Kennedy and Jason Baker
California State Archives
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 653-2246
Fax: (916) 653-7363
Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
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California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the California State Senate Environmental Quality Committee Records

Collection number: LP362

California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Sven Kennedy and Jason Baker
Date Completed:
1 June 2013
Encoded by:
Brent M. Rogers
© 2013 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: California State Senate Environmental Quality Committee Records
Dates: 1992-2008
Collection number: LP362
Creator: Senate Environmental Quality Committee
Collection Size: 35 cubic feet
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Abstract: The Senate Environmental Quality Committee Records consists of 35 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records reflecting the legislative activities of the California State Senate that were deemed to fall under the jurisdictions of this standing committee for review and/or revision. These records consist of two records series: Bill Files, covering the years 1997-2008, and Hearing Files, covering the years of 1992-2008.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Administrative Information

Access

While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Senate Environmental Quality Committee Records, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

Acquisition History

The California State Archives acquired the Senate Environmental Quality Committee records according to state law.

Committee History

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.
During the 1997-1998 legislative session, this standing committee consisted of nine members; however, it was increased to ten members in the 1999-2000 legislative session and then was reduced to nine members in the 2001-2002 session. This committee has since been reduced to seven members and remains active in reviewing legislation related to the areas of legislative oversight mentioned above. The state senators to have held the position of Environmental Quality Committee Chair are as follows: Byron D. Sher, (Dem.) 1997-2004, Alan Lowenthal, (Dem.) 2005, and Joe Simitian, (Dem.) 2006-2008.

Scope and Content

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee Records consists of 35 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records reflecting the legislative activities of the California State Senate that were deemed to fall under the jurisdictions of this standing committee for review and/or revision. These records consist of two records series: Bill Files, covering the years 1997-2008, and Hearing Files, covering the years of 1992-2008.
This committee oversees various types of pollution and associated legislative regulations. More specifically, the Environmental Quality Committee assesses specific applications of environmental mandates, proposed legislation that may effect previous legislation such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), or the nuances of Environmental Impact Report (EIR) requirements or exemptions. Much of the proposed legislation brought before this committee deals with issues involving hazardous waste, solid waste, air pollution, or water pollution.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California State Senate Environmental Quality Committee
Air Pollution California
Water Pollution California
Butyl methyl ether Environmental aspects California

Related Collections at the California State Archives

Lowenthal, Alan (Restricted)

Related Collections at other Repositories

Records for Byron D. Sher, first chair of this committee, may be found at the Cecil H. Green Library, Special Collections and University Archives; Stanford University; Stanford, CA 94305

Series Description

LP362:1-718

Series 1 Bill Files 1997-2008

Physical Description: 718 file folders

Arrangement

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

Scope and Content Note

Bill files of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, newspaper clippings, correspondence, roll calls, records of votes, and committee statements. Of particular interest are those bills relating to air pollution as well as legislation relating to Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE) groundwater contamination. Additionally, those bills relating to leaf blowers are of substantive interest.
1997-1998: SB14-SB2241 (70ff) LP362:1-70
1997-1998: AB44-AB2239 (25ff) LP362:71-95
1999-2000: SB25-SB2203, SCR19, SJR8-SJR39 (67ff) LP362:96-162
1999-2000: AB50-AB2939, AJR21-AJR58 (48ff) LP362:163-210
2001-2002: SB21-SB2096, SJR20, SB21X-SB74X, SB24XX-SB79XX (51ff) LP362:211-261
2001-2002: AB13-AB3053 (39ff) LP362:262-300
2003-2004: SB13-SB1906, SJR28 (55ff) LP362:301-355
2003-2004: AB13-AB3090, AJR50-AJR72 (67ff) LP362:356-422
2005-2006: SB4-SB1835, SR23, SCR34 (78ff) LP362:423-500
2005-2006: AB17-AB3056, AJR8 (60ff) LP362:501-560
2007-2008: SB23-SB1781, SCR87 (78ff) LP362:561-638
2007-2008: AB15-AB3077, ACR117, AJR40 (80ff) LP362:639-718
LP362:719-780

Series 2 Hearing Files 1992-2008

Physical Description: 50 file folders, 5 VHS tapes, 31 audio cassettes, and 37 compact disks

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Arrangement

Hearing Files are arranged chronologically by hearing date.

Scope and Content Note

Hearing files may contain agendas, audiocassette tape recordings of hearings, transcripts, testimony, background reports, and working files for regular session hearings, interim hearings, and some joint hearings. Audiocassette tapes have been moved to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the appropriate files to alert the researcher to the existence of such tapes.
When complete, hearings files can provide in-depth analysis of issues of concern to the committee and California's human services issues. Many hearings were on various bills pertaining to the committee. The hearings with specific subjects encompassed numerous topics including water pollution, invasive species, environmental site assessment standards, and the acquisition of the Headwaters Forest (Hearing Dates: 01/07/1997 to 01/06/1998).
For a list of hearing dates and topics, see Appendix A at the State Archives.