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Inventory of the California State Senate Agriculture Committee Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material at the California State Archives

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State Senate Agriculture Committee Records
    Dates: 2005-2010
    Collection number: See series descriptions for LP numbers.
    Creator: Senate Agriculture Committee
    Collection Size: 4 cubic feet, including audiovisual material and electronic resources.
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Senate Agriculture Committee is the most current Senate committee overseeing legislation on agricultural issues. The Senate Agriculture Committee records consist of Senate and Assembly Bill Files, 2005-2008, Hearing Files, 2005-2008, Subject Files, 2005, Chronological Correspondence, 2005-2008, and Committee Records, 2005-2008. The Senate Food and Agriculture Committee records consist of Senate and Assembly Bill Files, 2009-2010, Hearing Files, 2009-2010, Chronological Correspondence, 2009-2010, and Committee Records, 2009-2010.
    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 Agriculture Committee Records, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The State Archives received these records in accordance with California Government Code 9080(b) which requires legislative committees to transfer their records to the State Archives when they are no longer needed by the committee.

    Biography/Organization History

    The Senate Agriculture Committee is the most current Senate committee overseeing legislation on agricultural issues. According to 2004 Senate Resolution 4, it replaced the Senate Agriculture and Water Resources Committee in this capacity, while legislation relating to water was taken over by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. The Senate Agriculture Committee consists of 5 members. During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Senate Resolution 12 officially expanded the focus of this committee to include “food processing and marketing,” while also renaming it to the Senate Food and Agriculture Committee.
    The chairs of these committees from 2005-2010 were:
    Senate Agriculture Committee, 2005-2008
    Denham, Jeffrey (Rep.), 2005-2006
    Maldonado, Abel Jr. (Rep.), 2007-2008
    Senate Food and Agriculture Committee, 2009-2010
    Florez, Dean (Dem.), 2009-2010

    Scope and Content

    The Senate Agriculture Committee records consist of Senate and Assembly Bill Files, 2005-2008, Hearing Files, 2005-2008, Subject Files, 2005, Chronological Correspondence, 2005-2008, and Committee Records, 2005-2008. The Senate Food and Agriculture Committee records consist of Senate and Assembly Bill Files, 2009-2010, Hearing Files, 2009-2010, Chronological Correspondence, 2009-2010, and Committee Records, 2009-2010.
    The most significant series is the Bill Files, which constitute more than half of the collection. The bill files consist of any bills heard by the committee, and usually include materials such as bill analyses, letters of support or opposition, amendments, and other working papers. Within the purview of agriculture, the committee members heard bills on various subjects including, but not limited to pesticide and fertilizer regulation, humane euthanasia and slaughter of livestock, seed laws, hemp, and food safety. The committee kept files on the bill and informational hearings they held. These Hearing Files contain background material, expert opinion and evidence, and witness testimony. The collection contains only one Subject File on Ag Day 2005. The Chronological Files consist of letters and correspondence written by the chair of the committee. Many of these letters are requests for appearances at hearings, or thanking individuals for testimony. Committee Records comprise bill statuses, amendments, roll calls, disposition reports, and hearing results.

    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.
    Agriculture - California
    Pesticides - California
    Fertilizers
    Hemp
    Animal industry - California
    Food industry and trade

    Related Material at the California State Archives

    Senate Agriculture and Water Committee Records, 1972-2004
    Assembly Agriculture Committee Records, 1853-2010
    Jeffrey Denham Papers
    Abel Maldonado Papers
    Dean Florez Papers