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Inventory of the Phillip (Phil) Isenberg Papers
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Series Descriptions


Series 1 Bill Files 1983-1996

Physical Description: 255 file folders

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.


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

Scope and Content Note

Bill files authored by Phil Isenberg may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, editorials and newspaper clippings, correspondence, committee statements, and other information. Bills of particular interest include AB67 (1987-1988), which would require a minor seeking an abortion to obtain parental consent, and AB198 (1985-1986), which took out a provision from the government code that allows the state to dismiss a state employee during wartime on the basis of their ethnic/geographic background. This government code was previously used to fire over 300 Japanese-Americans from state employment in California during World War II. Other bills of interest include AB1732 (1987-1988), which limits the ability of a doctor to directly sell drugs to patients and AB 600, which would have allowed those unable to obtain adequate health insurance to buy catastrophic health insurance from the state. Another bill of interest includes AB75 (1989-1990), which allocates a portion of the Proposition 99 (1988) tobacco tax surcharge revenues to hospitals. This bill provided about $155 million to state hospitals.
Audiotapes and a VHS tape have been separated into a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the bill files to alert the researcher to the existence of these tapes.
1983-1984: AB481-AB3792, ACA29, ACR108-ACR138,AJR7-AJR65 (27ff) LP431:1-27
1985-1986: AB74-AB4372 (35ff) LP431:28-62
1987-1988: AB8-AB4686, ACR153, AJR55-AJR93 (53ff) LP431:63-115
1989-1990: AB15-AB4329, AJR47-AJR80 (52ff) LP431:116-167
1991-1992: AB78-AB3672 (38ff) LP431:168-205
1993-1994: AB32-AB3822, ACR27 (43ff) LP431:206-248
1995-1996: AB36-AB2063 (7ff) LP431:249-255

Series 2 Proposition 39 File 1984

Physical Description: 1 file folder


Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence between Assembly Democrats dealing with their strategies to defeat Proposition 39, which would have created a redistricting commission to re-draw the boundaries for the state assembly, senate, Board of Equalization, and the U.S. congressional districts. The measure would have allowed the Governor to select judges to appoint members to the redistricting committee. The series also includes memoranda, statistical findings, notes, and newspaper clippings.

Series 3 Subject Files 1983-1985

Physical Description: 20 file folders


Subject files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files created by Phil Isenberg may include correspondence, memoranda, statistical findings, published and unpublished reports, notes, and newspaper clippings. Of particular note are those files related to education, gay rights, business practices, and the environment.
1983: Business Issues (2ff) LP431:257-258
1984-1985: Child Abuse (1ff) LP431:259
1983: Community College Funding (2ff) LP431:260-261
1983-1984: Crime (1ff) LP431:262
1983-1984: Discrimination (1ff) LP431:263
1983-1985: Education Issues (7ff) LP431:264-270
1983-1984: Election Issues (1ff) LP431:271
1983-1985: Environmental Issues (2ff) LP431:272-273
1983: Gay Rights (1ff) LP431:274
1983-1984: State Issues (2ff) LP431:275-276