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Guide to the William P. (Bill) Baker Papers
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Series 1 Bill Files 1981-1992

Physical Description: 82 file folders


Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill Files were created by William P. Baker while he served as a state assembly member from 1981-1992. The files may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and committee statements that pertain to law enforcement, crime, environmental protection, Medi-Cal, child care, and other state and local matters.
Baker supported law enforcement (AB1843, 1983-1984; AB2847, 1985-1986), including the combination of the Contra Costa County Marshall's and Sherriff's departments (AB3014, 1987-1988). He also passed legislation regarding prisons and juvenile corrections facilities (AB 1401 and AB1403, 1981-1982; AB1841 and AB1842, 1983-1984; AB3545, AB3728, and AB3853, 1983-1984; AB3172, 1989-1990). Other youth offender legislation includes AB1332 and AB1333, 1983-1984.
Baker was a major advocate for environmental protection (AB2959 and AJR34, 1981-1982), including nature conservancy (AB2442, 1991-1992), reclaimed water (AB1442 and AB4328, 1989-1990; AB2627, 1991-1992), and reduction of air pollution (AB1862, 1981-1982; AB1987, 1991-1992).
Legislation in local matters such as the Benicia-Martinez toll bridges (AB3838, 1985-1986; AB780, 1991-1992), and Alameda flood control (AB978, 1983-1984) were also submitted by Baker.
Legislation in state matters includes Medi-Cal (AB3573 and AB4195, 1989-1990), proper pharmaceutical storage (AB1253, 1991-1992), and child care (AB3961, 1987-1988; AB3380, 1989-1990; AB1379, 1991-1992). Baker also authored a bill to create a Yosemite National Park California license plate (AB2700, 1991-1992).
1981-1982 AB1401-AB3475, ACR48, ACR93, AJR34-AJR35 (9ff) LP447:1-9
1983-1984 AB161-AB4035, AJR33, AJR35 (17ff) LP447:10-26
1985-1986 AB3-AB3921 (8ff) LP447:27-34
1987-1988 AB366-AB4063 (12ff) LP447:35-46
1989-1990 AB464-AB4328 (21ff) LP447:47-67
1991-1992 AB303-AB3416, AJR21, AJR92 (15ff) LP447:68-82