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Inventory of the State and Consumer Services Agency Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: State and Consumer Services Agency Records
    Dates: 1989-2000
    Collection number: R209
    Creator: State and Consumer Services Agency
    Collection Size: 75 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The State and Consumer Services Agency oversees a diverse array of state departments and is considered the conglomerate superagency within state government. The records of the State and Consumer Services Agency consist of 75 cubic feet of textual records covering the period 1989 through 2000.
    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 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], State and Consumer Services Agency Records, R209.[Series Number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The California State Archives acquired the State and Consumer Services Agency Records according to state law.

    Administrative History

    The State and Consumer Services Agency was created in 1977 when it succeeded the responsibilities of the Agriculture and Services Agency (Chapter 1229, Statutes of 1977). The State and Consumer Services Agency oversees a diverse array of state departments and is considered the conglomerate superagency within state government. The agency is under the supervision of the Secretary for State and Consumer Services, who is appointed by the governor and is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The agency's main responsibility is to provide communication, coordination, and policy guidance between the Governor's Office and the departments within the agency. State departments under the supervision of the agency have included the California Science Center, California Museum of Science and Industry, California African-American Museum, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, the Franchise Tax Board, the Department of General Services, State Personnel Board, Public Employees' Retirement System, State Teachers' Retirement System, Department of Veterans Affairs, Building Standards Commission, Seismic Safety Commission, the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, the Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection, and the Office of the Insurance Advisor, and the California Public Broadcasting Commission.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the State and Consumer Services Agency consist of 75 cubic feet of textual records covering the period 1989 through 2000. The record group contains two series: Bill Files (1989-2000) and Legislative Proposals (1991-1997). The files include bill analyses, reports, correspondence, memoranda, enrolled bill reports, comments, notes, and bill drafts and reflect the varied legislative interests of the State and Consumer Services Agency. The bill files tracked the majority of the legislation introduced in the legislature from 1989 until 2000. The vast majority of legislation tracked related to consumer, health, and environmental issues. However, several other issues such as firearm safety and building standards were also tracked by the Agency. The depth of this collection provides potential researchers with an alternative avenue to investigate these issues that may be are difficult to track otherwise. Since the agency oversees a conglomerate of departments, topics run the gamut from personnel issues, state procurement, retirement concerns, housing and employment discrimination, college and university housing, budget and fiscal concerns, veterans' issues, environmental and health concerns, permitting and regulating functions of the Department of Consumer Affairs, and a broad variety of other subjects. The records relating to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) are remarkably detailed and may be of particular interest.

    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 and Consumer Services Agency
    Health
    Environmental protection