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Inventory of the Nicholas C. Petris Papers
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Series Description

LP318:1-794, LP318:993-1008

Series 1 Bill Files 1956-1996

Physical Description: 811 file folders


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

Scope and Content Note

Bill Files may include correspondence, author's statements, analyses, research reports; press releases and newspaper clippings. Bills of particular interest include SB1493 (1979-1980), which addressed the Attorney General's authority over California churches and religious groups, SB537 (1981-1982), which required child car seat restraints, and SB778 (1969), which attempted to ban internal combustion engines. There are also extensive records available on the Tax Justice Act of 1977 (SB154), which provided property tax relief for homeowners and renters.
1959: AB1810-AB2824 (3ff) LP318:1-3
1961: AB200-AB2029. ACA. ACR. AJR (11ff) LP318:4-14
1962: AB33X, HR 21X (2ff) LP318:15-16
1963: AB63-AB3068, ACAs, ACRs, HRs (20ff) LP318:17-36
1964: AB19X-AB201X, ACAXs, ACRXs, HRXs (1ff) LP318:37-42
1965: AB15-AB3064, ACAs, ACRs, HRs, AB1X-AB12X (14ff) LP318:43-56
1966: AB10X-AB150X, AB5XX-AB10XX (10ff) LP318:57-66
1967: SB68-SB1319, SCAs, SJRs, SRs (3ff) LP318:67-79
1968: SB268-SB1118, SRs, SB7X - SB8X, SCA1X (14ff) LP318:80-92A
1969: SB333-SB1321, SCAs, SCRs, SRs (11ff) LP318:93-103
1970: SB66-SB1422 (34ff) LP318:104-137
1971: SB30-SB1523, SCAs, SCRs (23ff) LP318:138-160
1972: SB7-SB2475, SCAs, SCRs (28ff) LP318:161-188
1973-1974: SB15-SB2470, SCAs, SCRs, SJRs (41ff) LP318:189-229
1975-1976: SB33-SB2082, SCRs, SJRs (23ff) LP318:230-252
1977-1978: SB154-SB2220 (48ff) LP318:252-299
1979-1980: SB30-SB1981, SCAs, SCRs, SJRs (49ff) LP318:300-348; SB1493 (16ff) LP318:993-1008
1981-1982: SB317-SB2074, SCRs, SJRs, SRs (72ff) LP318:349-420
1983-1984: SB23-SB2322 (85ff) LP318:421-505
1985-1986: SB199-SB2580, SJR3 (64ff) LP318:506-569
1987-1988: SB82-SB2796 (70ff) LP318:570-639
1989-1990: SB36-SB2912, SCA, SCR, SB9X-SB39X (50ff) LP318:640-689
1991-1992: PREPRINT SB7-SB11, SB36-SB1854, SCAs, SCRs, SJRs (41ff) LP318:690-730
1993-1994: SB52-SB2105, SJR4 (35ff) LP318:731-765
1995-1996: SB282-SB1487 (29ff) LP318:766-794

Series 2 Subject Files 1964-1996

Physical Description: 188 file folders


Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files may include correspondence, reports, newspaper articles, and memoranda relating to Senator Petris' legislation, personal interests, and Senate district. Of particular note are those files related to budget issues, health care and mental health, and various ballot propositions.
For a list of subject files, see Appendix A at the State Archives.

Series 3 Press Releases 1970-1987

Physical Description: 9 file folders


Arranged chronologically by date of press release.

Scope and Content Note

The press releases were created and released by the staff of Senator Petris to advertise legislation he sponsored and activities in which he participated.

Series 4 Videotapes and Audiotapes 1983-1994

Physical Description: 14 videotapes and 7 audiotapes

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.


Arranged by format.

Scope and Content Note

The video and audiotapes cover topics related to Petris' legislation such as health care, education, and child safety legislation. They have been separated to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes.
Video Tapes
The Right to Health Care Act. 19 minutes
Transforming Our Schools for the 21st Century - Beyond the Box. Alameda Unified School District, August 19-20, 1991
Tobacco Education Media Campaign. - Advertising Sampler - California Dept of Health Services, 1994
"Day One". ABC TV February 28, 1994
Cigarette Company - Nicotine Level Manipulation
Senator Nick Petris Dinner August 29, 1996. 2hours 25 minutes
Borderline Medicine
Children and Infants in Car Crashes: Restrained and Unrestrained. California Highway Patrol Academy TV Services.
Farm Workers. KRON Mike O'Connor. 10 minutes - 2 "5" minute segments
Berkeley Owners In support of SB1257. 9 minutes
Student Fees. - Senator Petris VNR, February 27, 1995
Canada's National Health Program - A Model for the United States. 27 Minutes
ABS Pipes. KTVU Ch. 2, September 18, 1983, 8 minutes 35 seconds
Child Safety Seat Legislation. KNBC TV News David Horowitz and Senator Petris, May 24, 1989
Audio Tapes
SB537 California Passenger Safety Association Workshop, Child Safety Legislation. Includes list of Speakers, August 1983, 6 tapes
Senator Petris / Tom Vacar. KTVU News, November 4, 1994, 60 minutes or 60 Seconds