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Inventory of the Louis J. (Lou) Papan Papers
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Series Descriptions


Series 1 Bill Files 1973-2002

Physical Description: 271 file folders


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

Scope and Content Note

Bill Files created by Lou Papan may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, editorials and newspaper clippings, correspondence, committee statements, and other information. Papan both authored and sponsored numerous bills on a variety of topics such as confidentiality of DMV records (AB1083, 1973-1974), pre-need funeral arrangements (AB201, 1981-1982; AB145, 1983-1984; and AB1804, 1985-1986), regulation of steel-jawed animal traps (AB1114, 1983-1984), campaign statements (AB1863, 1997-1998), National World War II Memorial (SB703, 1999-2000), and revisions to the Political Reform Act (AB746, AB974, 1999-2000). However, his primary interests were Medi-Cal and the insurance industry. Examples of this include: AB3072 (1979-1980) Health Facilities and Medi-Cal Rates, AB1229 (1983-1984) Medi-Cal Eligibility, AB469 (1999-2000) Medi-Cal Enrollment, AB640 (1973-1974) Insurance Solicitation, AB841 (1975-1976) Insurance Brokers, SB319 (1997-1998) Title Insurance Coverage, and AB966 (1999-2000) Damages to Car Rentals.
1973-1974: AB190-AB2901 (LP425:1-12)
1975-1976: AB112-AB4248 (LP425:13-40)
1977-1978: Legislative Status of Authored Bills (LP425:41)
1979-1980: AB815-AB3487 (LP425:42-53)
1981-1982: AB201-AB3715; ACA63; ACR13-ACR95; HR7-HR11; AB15X (LP425:54-73)
1983-1984: AB45-AB1229 (LP425:74-93)
1985-1986: AB50-AB4412; ACA31; ACR14-ACR163; AJR82-AJR83 (LP425:94-143)
1997-1998: AB126-AB2814; ACA8; ACR27-ACR187; AJR76 (LP425:144-204)
1997-1998: SB225-SB1575; SCA35 (LP425:205-209)
1999-2000: AB177-AB2808; ACA2-ACA21; ACR11; AJR19-AJR67; HR7 (LP425:210-250)
1999-2000: SB122-SB703; SCR68 (LP425:251-252)
2001-2002: AB237-AB3051; ACA3-ACA12; ACR125-ACR241; AJR48 (LP425:253-271)

Series 2 Capitol Restoration Files 1974-1998

Physical Description: 20 file folders


Capitol Restoration Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

These files document the progress of the restoration of the State Capitol building. In 1972, the State Capitol was declared seismically unsafe. From 1976 to 1982, the Capitol underwent extensive construction. This $70 million project was the object of much publicity and criticism, and won an American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 1983. Papan was chair of the Joint Rules Committee during much of this period and, as such, was responsible for much of the oversight and funding of this historic undertaking. The files may include correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, transcripts, event programs, invoices, contracts, and news clippings. Significant topics include the Area Plan, the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Leon Ralph (former chair of Joint Rules), Subcommittee on Capitol Restoration, the re-opening Gala, various reports, and the sculpture "Columbus' Last Appeal to Isabella."

Series 3 News Clippings 1977-2002

Physical Description: 13 file folders


News Clippings are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

These files contain news articles which mention Lou Papan, his voting record, or editorial opinions regarding legislation authored or supported by him. The files may include news clippings from local and major newspapers, newsletters, and trade journals. Significant topics include Medi-Cal, legislator's wages, and education.

Series 4 Press Releases 1973-2002

Physical Description: 9 file folders


Press Releases are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

These files contain press releases and related materials from Lou Papan's office directed toward his constituents regarding legislation affecting the 19th Assembly District as well as other bills authored or sponsored by Papan. These press releases typically describe why the assembly member voted a certain way and provide quotes of his recent statements.

Series 5 Southern Pacific Railroad Files 1973-1979

Physical Description: 81 file folders, 28 dictabelts

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.


Southern Pacific Railroad Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

These files document the legal proceedings involving the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Subcommittee on San Francisco Peninsula Commuter Service. In 1974, Southern Pacific Peninsulas Commuter Service filed an application to increase fares by 111%. In response, this Assembly Transportation subcommittee held hearings from 1974-1979. Papan, both as chair of the subcommittee and a representative of an affected Bay Area region, was invested in this case. The files may include minutes, subcommittee hearing transcripts and agendas, memoranda, correspondence, reports, Attorney General Opinions, and background material. Significant topics include Peninsula Transit Alternatives Project (PENTAP), Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and (Public Utilities Commission) Application #57289.
Audio materials have been removed to cold storage and separation sheets are included within the file folders to indicate this. Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.
For a list of subject headings see Appendix A at the California State Archives.

Series 6 Speeches 1975-1985

Physical Description: 10 file folders


Speeches are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

These files pertain to Lou Papan's public speaking engagements from his first tenure in the Assembly. The files may include press releases, correspondence, note cards, draft and final versions of speeches, summary legislation, and news clippings. Papan typically spoke to groups in Sacramento and within San Mateo County. Examples of organizations Papan addressed include Greater Daly City Chamber of Commerce, San Mateo Council of Mayors, California Autobody Association, Millbrae Historical Society, and the National Association of Insurance Women (Northern California Chapter). Significant events include Skyline College's graduation, Annual Judges' Dinner, and a Roast for Jack Fenton. Some common themes in Papan's speeches include consumer protection, financial regulation, and health care reform.

Series 7 Subject Files 1975-1985

Physical Description: 21 file folders


Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject Files contain information on a variety of topics of interest to Papan. The files may include correspondence, Legislative Counsel Opinions, notes, memoranda, background material, news clippings, speeches, and press releases. Significant topics include Armenia, Greece, Lupus, San Bruno Mountain, and term limits.
For a list of subject headings see Appendix B at the California State Archives.