Policy Oriented Research in California State Government.

by Albert J. Lipson

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Discusses state-sponsored research on California problems, beginning with Governor Brown's six-month aerospace firm contracts in 1965-1966 to apply systems analysis to major problems. The legislature has had a Legislative Analyst for over 25 years. In 1967 they added the Assembly Office of Research, whose studies resulted in the pioneering Mental Health Reform Act and Environmental Quality Act of 1970. The first legislative unit to receive a Federal research grant, it has administered funds from LEAA (criminal justice cost model), the Manpower Administration ("job agent" system), DOT (steam bus project), and NSF (Assembly Science and Technology Advisory Council). The Assembly Planning and Land Use Committee and the State Resources Agency also contracted with RAND for studies in powerplant siting and energy conservation. With Lt. Gov. Reinecke, RAND is studying new institutional arrangements to enhance science and technology utilization by state decisionmakers. Preliminary results are reported. 11 pp.

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