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    Title: Guide to the Richard Floyd Papers
    Dates: 1980-2000
    Collection number: LP446
    Creator: Richard, Floyd
    Collection Size: 31 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Richard Floyd Papers consist of 31 cubic feet of textual records and audio visual materials and cover the years 1979 to 2000.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    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], Richard Floyd Papers, LP446:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.


    Richard Floyd, a Democrat, served California as a State Assembly Member from 1980 through 1992, and again from 1996 through 2000. Beginning in 1980, Floyd represented the 53rd Assembly District, sprawling over southern Los Angeles skipping around the city of Torrence and encompassing the cities of Carson, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lawndale and small portions of the cities of Los Angeles and Redondo Beach. He maintained his seat until 1992 when the reapportioning of district lines moved Floyd to the 55th district where his reelection efforts failed. After a four year hiatus, Floyd found himself representing the 55th Assembly District, which sits north of the Los Angeles harbor area and includes the city of Carson, parts of Compton, Los Angeles and Long Beach. The district also contained the communities of Harbor City, West Carson, Wilmington, and part of West Compton. Floyd represented the district until 2000 when he reached his term limit.
    Richard Floyd was born February 3, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Southern California. He served in the United States Army and was a decorated combat veteran of the Korean Conflict. After serving in the military Floyd worked as a salesman before landing a job as an aide to Senator Ralph Dills from 1969 until 1980, leaving after winning his Assembly seat. Floyd quickly gained recognition as a senator and received recognition as Freshman Legislator of the Year and also Legislator of the Year in his first term by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Floyd became known for his loud, abrasive, crude and even profane style of politicking. The chain smoking Floyd was often outspoken of his beliefs and was once even threatened of censure after calling Governor Deukmejian, "the most hardheaded s.o.b.," in the State Capital after the Governor vetoed Floyd's motorcycle helmet law in 1988. In 1991 Governor Pete Wilson signed a version of Floyd's motorcycle helmet bill into law proving one of his greatest political accomplishments alongside the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park.
    California State Assembly, 1981-1992, 1997-2000
    Standing Committees
    Constitutional Amendments, 1985-1986
    Criminal Justice, 1981-1982
    Economic Development and Planning 1981-1982
    Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, 1989-1990
    Finance and Insurance, 1989-1990
    Governmental Organization 1983-1992, 1997-2000
    *Chair, 1987-1990
    Human Services, 1983-1984
    Insurance, 1991-1992
    Judiciary, 1991-1992
    Labor and Employment, 1981-1988, 1991-1992
    *Chair, 1983-1986
    Labor and Government, 1997-1998
    *Chair, 1997-1998
    Public Employees and Retirement, 1985-1986
    Revenue and Taxation, 1985-1986
    Rules, 1981-1982
    Utilities and Commerce, 1991-1992
    Water, Parks, and Wildlife, 1981-1982
    Finance and Insurance – Subcommittee on Health and Workers' Insurance, 1989-1990
    Governmental Organization – Subcommittee on Alcohol Regulations, 1989-1990
    *Chair, 1989-1990
    Governmental Organization – Subcommittee on Arts and Athletics, 1989-1990
    Governmental Organization – Subcommittee on Horse Breeding and Ownership 1989-1990
    Labor and Employment – Subcommittee on Agricultural Labor Relations, 1981-1982
    Labor and Employment – Subcommittee on Amusement Ride Safety, 1981-1984
    *Chair, 1983-1984
    Labor and Employment – Subcommittee on Child Labor, 1981-1982
    *Chair, 1981-1982
    Labor and Employment – Subcommittee on Employee Assistance Programs and Drug and Alcohol Abuse at the Workplace, 1985-1986
    Labor and Employment – Subcommittee on Safety in the Workplace 1987-1988
    *Chair, 1987-1988
    Select Committees
    Construction Issues, 1989-1990
    Corridors of Economic Significance, 1997-1998
    Fair Employment Practices, 1981-1982
    Hazardous Materials, Pipeline, Chemical Plant and Refinery Safety, 1989-1990
    Homeless Veterans, 1999-2000
    *Chair, 1999-2000
    To Divide California – 1991-1992
    Unlicensed Contractors – 1987-1988
    Utility Performance, Rates and Regulation, 1983-1984
    *Chair, 1983-1984
    Veteran's Affairs, 1981-1984, 1997-1998
    *Chair, 1981-1984, 1997-1998
    Joint Committees
    Audit Committee
    Fairs Allocation and Classification, 1983-1992
    Prison, Legislative, 1983-1984
    Prison Construction and Operations, 1985-1992
    Boards, Commissions, Etc
    Commission for Economic Development, 1983-1984
    State Job Training Coordinating Council, 1983-1988
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, 1983-1988
    Commission for Economic Development, 1987-1988
    Special Committees
    Special Committee on Los Angeles Crisis, 1991-1992

    Scope and Content

    The Richard Floyd Papers consist of 31 cubic feet of textual records and audio visual materials and cover the years 1979 to 2000. The records are organized into the following record series: Bill Records, 1981-1982; Bill Files, 1981-1992, 1997-2000; Subject Files, 1979-1987; Sports and Entertainment Subcommittee Hearing Files, 1985-1986; Sports and Entertainment Subcommittee Subject Files, 1982-1986; Prison Construction and Operations Joint Committee Hearing Files, 1985-1986; and Prison Construction and Operations Joint Committee Subject Files, 1979-1988. The Bill Records provide a summary of the bills introduced by Floyd during the 1981-1982 legislative session. The Bill Files document his legislative activity during his term as a member of the California State Legislature and are the bulk of the collection. Floyd was known for introducing many bills with his primary concerns as employment development, education, labor relations, and fiscal affairs. The Prison Construction and Operations Joint Committee Subject Files also make up a large portion of the collection and provide insight into Floyd's interests of public safety and job creation.
    Richard Floyd fought vigorously for Sacramento's mandatory motorcycle helmet law throughout his tenure as a member of the California Assembly. Floyd introduced various versions of a motorcycle helmet law beginning in his first session as an assemblyman. Floyd endured intimidation from a cornucopia of motorcycle groups for his efforts but rather than cowering down Floyd relished in the opposition and continued to fight for the cause. A version of the bill passed in 1988 but did not make it passed Governor Deukmejian's desk. Floyd prevailed in 1991 when Governor Pete Wilson signed AB7 into law. Richard Floyd introduced Assembly Bill 650, which created the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park, which was signed into law by Governor Deukmejian in September 1983 and continued to show support for veterans by providing an additional State Veterans Home in Southern California to meet the needs of the three million veterans living in California. Floyd served on the Prison Construction and Operations Joint Committee authoring laws to put hundreds of thousands of jail inmates to work cleaning up parks and highways. Floyd advocated for more jobs, greater job security, and a healthier work environment for California's working men and women. When Cal-OSHA was abolished through a loss of funding in the budget, Floyd led the fight to restore the funds, and he continued to take a leading role in the campaign to keep the program by placing Cal-OSHA on the ballot, where it was approved by voters.


    No 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.
    Public safety
    Education - California
    Motorcycle helmets