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Inventory of the California State Assembly Constitutional Amendments Committee Records, including records of Assembly Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, 1960-1982
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Series Description


Series 1.  Bill Files, 1959-1976, 1981-1982.

Physical Description: 46 file folders.

Scope and Content Note


Bill files for 1959-1968 arranged by date of hearings on bills.
Bill Files after 1968 arranged chronologically by session, by house of origin, and numerically by bill number.
Bill files may include minutes; summaries of measures heard; hearing activity reports; amendments; analyses; letters, resolutions, telegrams, testimony, position statements in support or opposition; committee worksheets and press releases; Legislative Counsel opinions and conflict letters; newspaper editorials and clippings; background reports, information, and data. The committee bill files after 1969 tend to include more committee files and background information than the earlier files.

Constitutional Amendments Committee, 1959-1968

  • 1959 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls: ACA1-ACA56, SCA1-SCA31 (20+ items) LP31:1
  • 1960 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls: ACA1-ACA6; SCA1, SCA2 (10+ items) LP31:1
  • 1961 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls: ACA1-ACA92, AB479, SCA4-SCA38 (1ff) LP31:2
  • 1962 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls: ACA1-ACA9, SCA1 (1ff) LP31:5
  • 1965 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls: ACA3-ACA90, SCA14-46 (1ff) LP154:228
  • 1966 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls during 1st Ex. Sess: ACA1X, ACA13X, SCA4X, AB 78X-AB147X (1ff) LP154:229
  • 1967 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls: ACA3-ACA74 (1ff) LP154:230
  • 1968 Hearings, minutes, and roll calls: Prop 1., Prop 1a, Prop. 9, ACA1-ACA53, SCA2-SCA28, AB918-AB2044, SB705 (11ff) LP89:13-21, LP154:231-232

Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, 1969-1970

  • 1969 General committee materials, AB12-AB2288, LP173:7-10B
  • ACA5-ACA87, ACRs, AJRs (8ff) LP154:233-235, LP89:32
  • 1970 General committee materials, AB91-AB2450, ACA2-ACA72, AJR65, SB3-SB1421, SCA3-SCA19 (5ff) LP154:236-239, LP90:8

Constitutional Amendments Committee, 1971-1974, 1981-1982

  • 1971 General committee materials, ACA1-ACA84, SB40, SCA1-SCA44 (5ff) LP90:16-20
  • 1972 ACA1-ACA27, SCA6-SCA76 (3ff) LP155:2-4
  • 1973-1974 AB39-AB4334, ACA1-ACA14, SB278, SB819, SCA6-SCA51; ACA1x; LP176:204-205
  • 1975-1976 Possible Legislation (9ff) LP176:207-212
  • 1981-1982 ACA3-ACA86, SCA21-SCA40 (1ff) LP220:3

Series 2.  Hearing Files, 1960-1980.

Physical Description: 69 file folders.

Scope and Content Note


Hearing files are described by date of hearing
The committee held hearings on topics related to proposed and ratified constitutional amendments, as well as on matter relating to the conduct of elections between 1969-1970. From 1965 to 1969, many of these hearing focused on the recommendations of the Constitutional Revision Commission and subsequent constitutional amendments that sought to enact this major overhaul of the California Constitution. A series of hearings in 1969 considering reducing the minimum voting age to 18, a change later made federally by the ratification of the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The following year, a subcommittee on Vote Tabulation examined problems associated with the use of new voting machines in the May 1970 primary election. Additional topics that may be of interest to researchers include enactment of a state lottery, the initiative process, annual budget requirements, and income tax indexing. Some hearing files are very complete, including transcripts of the hearings, working papers, correspondence, dictabelts, notes on the meeting, background papers, and related reports. Others may contain only some of these materials. Appendix A is available at the California State Archives and provides a chronological list of the hearings and their subject matter.

Series 3.  Subject Files, 1968-1982.

Physical Description: 27 file folders.

Scope and Content Note


Subject files are arranged alphabetically by subject.
The subject files may include correspondence, memos, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, and general committee working papers. They vary greatly in the amount and kind of information. Committee members and consultants created these files to track topics of interest to the committee including constitutional revision, election administration, reapportionment, voting age, and the administration of the committee. Appendix B is available at the California State Archives and provides an alphabetical list of the subjects.