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Inventory of the Daniel E. Boatwright Papers
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Series 1 Bill Files 1973-1996

Physical Description: 79 file folders


Arranged chronologically by session, then by house of origin and bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files created by Daniel Boatwright document legislation he authored while serving as a member of the state Assembly and the state Senate. Files may contain bill analyses written by committees and state agencies, comments by constituents or other interested parties, notes by Boatwright and his staff, relevant background reports, newspaper articles, correspondence in support of or opposed to legislation, veto messages from the Governor, photographs and negatives pertinent to a particular bill, as well as other miscellaneous materials.
This series offers unique perspectives into the wide range of Boatwright's legislative interests, as well as several notable bills highlighting Boatwright's legislative priorities. Throughout Boatwright's career, he often built his legislation around issues of major public concern. Employee discrimination and harassment compensation as well as consumer protection became increasingly important matters in need of response during the early 1990s. Boatwright responded to aspects of employee discrimination and harassment compensation by introducing SB1064, 1993-1994. This proposed bill would have created harsher penalties on employers for illegal acts of employee discrimination. Additionally, the bill sought to remove the monetary cap amount an employee could receive for damages in a discrimination case. Stricter punishments for sex crimes and drug related offenses also raised public concern during the latter part of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s. Therefore, Boatwright introduced legislation toughening penalties for sexual exploitation of psychotherapy patients and a host of other bills relating to penalties for rapists and sex crimes. In 1990, Boatwright authored SB2112 (Ch. 1665, 1990) in response to adults selling drugs to minors. This legislation enhanced the length of sentence for any person over 18 years old selling illegal drugs to minors within 1,000 feet of schools, youth centers, churches, and other public spaces where minors tend to congregate. In addition to these types of bills, Boatwright also wrote noteworthy legislation regarding health concerns including a plan to limit and eventually cease smoking in restaurants (SB1418, 1989-1990).
Constantly concerned with local matters, Boatwright authored scores of legislation corresponding with substantive issues in Contra Costa County. Some of these bills included public school funding for structural repairs and retrofitting, extending Bay Area Rapid Transit into West Pittsburg and other destinations in Contra Costa County, and establishing proper salaries for Municipal Court and County Board of Supervisor employees. For instance, the bills Boatwright authored on extending Bay Area Rapid Transit into Contra Costa County in SB1715 (Ch. 1259, 1988) as well as producing an appropriate salary table for county employees in SB159 (Ch. 497, 1991) came as a direct result of problems occurring with public transportation and wage disputes in Contra Costa County during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
1973-1974 AB90-AB3937, ACA31-ACA89, ACR167, AJR47 (6ff) LP357:1-6
1975-1976 AB5-AB4539, ACA71, AJR58-AJR79, AB33XX (7ff) LP357:7-13
1977-1978 AB11-AB3669, ACA2, ACR9-ACR146, AJR41-AJR90 (6ff) LP357:14-19
1979-1980 AB123-AB3466, ACA2-ACA60, ACR13, AJR2-AJR11 (7ff) LP357:20-26
1981-1982 SB47-SB2060, SCA2-SCA46, SCR34, SJR1 (7ff) LP357:27-33
1983-1984 SB85-SB2332, SCA13-SCA58, SB10X-SB12X (6ff) LP357:34-39
1983-1984 AJR1 (1ff) LP357:40
1985-1986 SB20-SB2413, SCA9 (6ff) LP357:41-46
1987-1988 SB34-SB2812, SCA9-SCA23, SCR11, SJR6 (9ff) LP357:47-55
1989-1990 SB171-SB2885, SCR55-SCR85 (7ff) LP357:56-62
1991-1992 SB29-SB2044, SCA33, SJR44-SJR49, SB1X-SB7X (9ff) LP357:63-71
1993-1994 SB148-SB2106 (4ff) LP357:72-75
1995-1996 SB133-SB1364, SCA24 (4ff) LP357:76-79