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Inventory of the Senate Committee on Local Government Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Committee History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Senate Committee on Local Government Records
    Dates: 1967-2005
    Collection Number: See series description
    Creator: Senate Committee on LOcal Government
    Creator/Collector: Senate Subcommittee on the Disabled
    Creator/Collector: Senate Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Public Works
    Creator/Collector: Senate Subcommittee on Land Use Planning
    Creator/Collector: Senate Subcommittee on Mobilehome Parks
    Creator/Collector: Senate Subcommittee on Planning Law Revision
    Creator/Collector: Senate Subcommittee on Redevelopment of Antiquated Subdivisions
    Collection Size: 83 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Senate Committee on Local Government Records consist of 83 cubic feet of records reflecting the activity of the committee in investigating and introducing legislation related to local governmental procedure and organization. The records cover the years 1967-2005, with the bulk from 1970-2002, and are comprised of bill files, hearing files, reports and publications, committee logs, subject files, Orange County bankruptcy files, omnibus bill files, validating acts files, and committee correspondence files. The record group also includes the records of several subcommittees.
    Physical Location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

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

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    The California State Archives acquired the Senate Committee on Local Government records according to state law.

    Committee History

    The creation of the Senate Committee on Local Government was a byproduct of Senate Resolution 150, introduced and adopted on June 20, 1939. Senate Resolution 150 implemented a study and revision of the Standing Rules of Senate. This revision, intended to simplify and expedite Senate business, resulted in a complete restructuring of Senate committees. Prior to 1939, Senate Rules called for forty standing committees so that each senator could serve as a committee chair. The new rules reduced the number of standing committees to twenty, most of them new creations, and brought committee duties in line with the organization of the California Code. The Senate Committee on Local Government came into existence on May 24, 1940, the day these new Senate Rules were read and adopted.
    A standing committee of the Senate, the Committee on Local Government has been active since its creation, although slight modifications have been made to its purview as the years progressed. Senate Rules tasked the committee's initial nine members with the review of "all bills relating to (a) County government (b) Municipal corporations [and] (c) Special assessment and other local districts when not regulated by the provisions of some other code and uncodified legislation on the above subjects." In 1963, the committee's membership increased to eleven, rising in 1969 to thirteen. The following year, however, membership was reduced to eleven once again, and the committee's responsibilities altered to include "all bills pertaining to local governmental procedure and organization, and bills of local jurisdiction concerning environmental resources."
    The committee has retained responsibility for review of legislation involving local governmental procedure and organization, but various other tasks have been added or removed. By 1972, the committee (then consisting of nine members) no longer assessed environmental resources bills. Instead, it had been assigned responsibility for review of legislation relating to "municipal judgeships, municipal court attaches, and personnel," a task that shifted in 1975 to the Senate Judiciary Committee. That same year, membership in the Committee on Local Government was again reduced, and its seven members focused only upon "bills relating to local governmental procedure and organization," and "bills that have been considered by other committees having jurisdiction of the appropriate subject, for consideration of any questions relating to local government administration." The scope of the committee did not change again until 1999, when bills relating to land use were added to its jurisdiction for review.
    The number of committee members fluctuated between eleven and seven members in the 1980s and 1990s. At the present time, in September 2006, the committee's membership has been reduced to five. Fifteen Senators have chaired the committee since its inception: Harold J. Powers (Dem., Rep.) 1941-1942, Roy Cunningham (Dem., Rep.) 1943-1952, Harold T. Johnson (Dem.) 1953-1954, Luther E. Gibson (Dem.) 1955-1958, Stephen P. Teale (Dem.) 1959-1962, Joseph A. Rattigan (Dem.) 1963-1966, Clark L. Bradley (Rep.) 1967-1968, John G. Schmitz (Rep.) 1969-1970, John R. Nejedly (Rep.) 1970, Milton Marks (Rep.) 1971-1985, Marian C. Bergeson (Rep.) 1985-1994, William A. Craven (Rep.) 1994-1998, Richard K. Rainey (Rep.) 1998-2000, Tom Torlakson (Dem.) 2001-2004. Christine Kehoe (Dem.) became the committee's chair in 2004, and is currently serving in this position as of September 2006.

    Scope and Content

    The Senate Committee on Local Government Records consist of 83 cubic feet of records reflecting the activity of the committee in investigating and introducing legislation related to local governmental procedure and organization. The records cover the years 1967-2005, with the bulk from 1970-2002, and are comprised of bill files, hearing files, reports and publications, committee logs, subject files, Orange County bankruptcy files, omnibus bill files, validating acts files, and committee correspondence files. Although the committee began in 1940, records from the first twenty-six years are lacking in the Archives holdings. It is also anticipated that the Archives will receive further records from the Senate Committee on Local Government. Researchers should check for recently received, unprocessed records of the committee.
    Among the bill files, hearing files, and subject files researchers will find information on topics related to local government, such as redevelopment, land use, and growth issues; property tax rates and allocation; and the organization, administration, and finance of county governments, municipal governments, and special districts. Of particular interest to the researcher are the files relating to the committee's investigation of the events leading up to Orange County's declaration of bankruptcy in 1994, as well as plans for the county's recovery. Additionally, the committee's hearing files and subject files contain materials from the Senate Local Government Working Group, regarding the impact of the proposed 1993/1994 State Budget upon local governmental bodies.
    The Senate Committee on Local Government Records also include the records of several subcommittees: the Senate Subcommittee on the Disabled, Senate Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Public Works, Senate Subcommittee on Land Use Planning, Senate Subcommittee on Mobilehome Parks, Senate Subcommittee on Planning Law Revision, and Senate Subcommittee on Redevelopment of Antiquated Subdivisions. The subcommittee files focus on specific local government issues and contain material such as public hearing files, correspondence, and reports.
    The California State Archives received the records of the Senate Committee on Local Government over a number of years and archives staff arranged them at various times. While the physical arrangement of the records reflects this variety, this inventory describes all of the records according to present archival descriptive standards for legislative committee records. Therefore, the physical arrangement of these records does not necessarily follow the order listed in this inventory.

    Arrangement

    The Senate Committee on Local Government records are arranged into fifteen series: bill files, hearing files, reports and publications, committee logs, subject files, Orange County bankruptcy files, omnibus bill files, validating acts files, committee correspondence files; Senate Subcommittee on the Disabled files, Senate Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Public Works files, Senate Subcommittee on Land Use Planning files, Senate Subcommittee on Mobilehome Parks files, Senate Subcommittee on Planning Law Revision files, and Senate Subcommittee on Redevelopment of Antiquated Subdivisions files.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. Legislature. Senate. Committee on Local Government.
    Local government
    State-local relations