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Guide to the David Kelley Papers
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Series Description


Series 1 Bill Records 1979-1986

Physical Description: 1 file folder


Arranged chronologically by legislative session.

Scope and Content Note

Bill Records provide a summary of the bills introduced by David Kelly during each legislative session. Summaries note whether the bill was chaptered, died, or dropped.

Series 2 Bill Files 1981-2002

Physical Description: 348 file folders


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

Scope and Content Note

Bill Files were created by David Kelley while he served as a state legislator from 1981-2002. The bill files may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and committee statements. The bill files include amendments, analyses, letters and position statements in support of opposition, Legislative Counsel opinions and conflict letters, author's floor and committee statements and press releases, newspaper clipping, background information, and other documents regarding implementation.
The bills introduced by Kelley concerned a wide array of subjects including water and agriculture. He authored bills concerning water quality (AJR69, 1991-1992 SB128, 1995-1996); water conservation (AB3428, 1985-1986; AB607, 1989-1990); water reclamation (AB13 1991-1992; SB365, 1993-1994); water planning (AB88 1991-1992; SB755 1993-1994); water transfers (SB1833, 1997-1998) and fresh water (SB1082, 1997-1998); agriculture donation tax credits (AB2869, 1991-1992); and hay sales (SB531, 1993-1994).
1981-1982: AB10-AB145 (1ff) LP444:2
1983-1984: AB8-AB4036, AJR128 (23) LP444:3-25
1985-1986: AB125-AB4285, ACR78-ACR151, AJR60-AJR102 (17) LP444:26-42
1987-1988: AB11-AB4691, ACR8-ACR60 (18ff) LP444:43-60
1989-1990: AB14-AB4040, ACA24, ACR101-ACR106, AJR3 (32ff) LP444:61-92
1991-1992: AB13-AB3712, ACR4-ACR46, AJR9-AJR69, AB15X-AB21X (32ff) LP444:93-124
1993-1994: SB7-SB1996, SCR5-SCR17, SJR20 (43ff) LP444:125-167
1995-1996: SB35-SB1851, SCR20-SCR49, SJR13-SJR36, SR9-SR34, SB6XX(70ff) LP444:168-237
1997-1998: SB3-SB2185, SCR9-SCR99, SJR11-SJR14 (44ff) LP444:238-281
1999-2000: SB113-SB1967, SCR5-SCR58, SJR18-SJR26 (38ff) LP444:282-320
2001-2002: AB134-AB2267, ACR25-ACR84, AJR35, AB45X-AB110X, AB5XX-AB42XX (29ff) LP444:321-349

Series 3 Correspondence 1979-1987

Physical Description: 8 file folders


Arranged chronologically by correspondence date.

Scope and Content Note

Sampled correspondence includes communication between David Kelley and his fellow legislators, some constituents, and agencies and organizations affected by specific legislation over the span of his time with the State Legislature. The series also contains one file folder of correspondence with Governor George Deukmejian.

Series 4 Press Releases 1981-1983

Physical Description: 2 file folders


Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Scope and Content Note

Press Releases provide insight into David Kelley's legislative interests and accomplishments. Kelley often provided open criticism of Governor Jerry Brown's policies, especially those concerning agriculture and taxes. Kelley questioned Brown's statement of being a "born-again tax cutter," and asserted that the Governor failed to meet the state's demands of reducing state spending. The press releases often criticize Democratic Party policies. After Governor George Deukmejian assumed office Kelley utilized his press release to support the Governor's budget.