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Guide to the Salvatore (Sal) Cannella Papers
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Series Description


Series 1 Bill Files 1990-1996

Physical Description: 106 file folders


Arranged chronologically by legislative session, then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill Files were created by Sal Cannella while he served as a state assembly member from 1990-1996. The files may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, position statements in support or opposition, Legislative Counsel opinions and conflict letters, press releases, newspaper editorials and clippings, background reports, information, and data that pertain to law enforcement and crime, agriculture, environmental protection, retirement, healthcare, and other state and local matters.
Crime was one of Cannella's target issues, and he authored legislation against drug trafficking, gun violations, and the roles of minors in criminal transactions: (AB2992 and AB4152, 1990; AB606 and AB2308, 1991-1992; AB494, AB2740, AB2844, and AB2872, 1993-1994).
Additionally, a 1994 law (AB2741) made it illegal to make annoying or harassing phone calls to 911 emergency dispatch operators.
Retirement benefits were also very important to Cannella. He author such legislation as AB3934, 1990; AB2224, 1991-1992; AB348, AB349, AB631, AB1192, AB1237, AB1452, AB1470, AB1471, AB1501, AB2722, and AB3278, 1993-1994; AB399, AB430, AB1122, and AB2550, 1995-1996 which address Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and California State Teacher Retirement System (STRS).
Environmental safety legislation addressing air pollution and toxic waste included: AB2370, 1991-1992; AB924, AB956, AB2871, AB3204, and AB3404, 1993-1994; and AB524, 1995-1996. Similarly, policies for food production, benefits of agriculture, and concerns regarding the use of pesticides are addressed in AB2957, 1991-1992; AB363, AB389, AB697, AB1476, and AB2340, 1995-1996.
Cannella was also sensitive to cultural heritage. AB548, 1995-1996, created the Korean War Veterans Commemorative Medallion Act requiring the California Department of Veterans Affairs to create a medal to commemorate the 3,016 Californians who lost their lives during the Korean War. AJR24, 1995-1996, protested the illicit sale of Assyrian artifacts.
Other notable legislation that Cannella participated in were AB3632, 1990, which concerned the Medfly (Mediterranean Fruit Fly) and called for exotic pest inspections at international crossing locations; AB693 (1993-1994) which created the Local Agency Military Base Recovery Act that provided economic incentives for closed military bases; and SB450, 1995-1996, which required California Community Colleges' Board of Governors to develop a common course numbering systems for all colleges.
1989-1990: AB2992-AB4249, HR55 (9ff) LP454:1-9
1991-1992: AB606-AB3741 (22ff) LP454:10-31
1993-1994: AB69-AB3832, ACR48, ACR118, ACR126, AB151X (45ff) LP454:32-76
1995-1996: AB6-AB3038, ACR17, AJR24 (29ff) LP454:77-105
1995-1996: SB450 (1ff) LP454:106