ASSEMBLY BILL 1031 (KELSEY – 1927)
CHAPTER 702, STATUTES OF 1927
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Former uncodified section 26 of the 1917 Workmen’s Compensation, Insurance and Safety Act, the historical derivation of current Labor Code section 3853, was amended in 1927 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 1031, which affected this section only. (See Exhibit #1d) Senator H. C. Kelsey introduced this bill on January 21, 1927. (See Exhibit #1a)
Assembly Bill 1031 was assigned to both the Assembly and Senate Committees on Insurance where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1031. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Clement C. Young signed the bill on May 21, 1927 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on July 29th as Chapter 702 of the Statutes of 1927. (See Exhibit #1d)
Neither the legislative committees hearing this bill nor its author nor the Governor have left documentation surviving on its consideration. Under these circumstances, we then researched related treatises, publications, studies, and reports. We have culled through the contemporary 1927 trade association and lobbyists’ periodicals as well as contemporaneous law reviews and treatises in an effort to obtain commentary on the history of the bill. We found and include herewith a copy of a Report by the Industrial Accident commission and by the Department of Industrial Relations. (See Exhibits #5 and #6)