This collection contains the records of the California State Assembly Local Government Committee and its predecessor, the
Municipal and County Government Committee. They reflect the activity of the committees in overseeing legislation and other
matters affecting California's local governments, including counties, cities, local agency formation committee, water districts,
and other special districts. The records cover the years, 1940-1996, with the bulk from 1969-1996. They are comprised of bill
files, hearing files, subject files, correspondence files, legislative counsel opinions and court opinions.
Since the California legislature was first organized, there has been an Assembly committee concerned with the affairs of local
governments. The earliest committee, the Assembly Counties and County Boundaries Committee, focused on the boundaries and
divisions of counties and the salaries of county officials. By the 1880s, the Assembly added the Assembly County and Township
Committee and the Municipal Corporations Committee. The Counties and County Boundaries and the County and Township Government
Committees ceased operation after 1911. Apparently to replace both, the Assembly created the County Government Committee in
1913. In the same year, a Committee on Libraries to review matters concerning local libraries was established. The Municipal
Corporations Committee, the County Government Committee and the Libraries Committee continued to operate until 1943 when the
Assembly formed the Municipal and County Government Committee in their places. It was "assigned the subject matter in the
Government Code relating to the government of cities, counties, cities and counties, districts, and other political subdivisions
of the state, uncodified laws relating there to, and other matters relating to municipal and county government (HR438, July
11, 1968, Assembly Journal, p. 5709).
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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
Collection is open for research.