The Senate Environmental Quality Committee Records consists of 35 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records reflecting
the legislative activities of the California State Senate that were deemed to fall under the jurisdictions of this standing
committee for review and/or revision. These records consist of two records series: Bill Files, covering the years 1997-2008,
and Hearing Files, covering the years of 1992-2008.
The Senate Environmental Quality Committee was created in 1997, replacing and assuming the responsibilities of the Senate
Toxics and Public Safety Management Committee. During the 1997-1998 legislative session Senate Resolution 7 (Lockyer) made
changes to certain Senate standing committees relating to their member composition and subject jurisdiction. Additionally,
this resolution created a new standing committee: the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. The primary focus of this committee
is to provide oversight of legislative bills related to environmental quality, air quality, toxics, and hazardous waste. At
inception, the Environmental Quality Committee also had policy jurisdiction over bills relating to integrated waste management
that was previously overseen by the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization. In the 1999-2000 legislative session, the
Environmental Quality Committee was charged with policy jurisdiction over legislation relating to water quality.
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is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.