SENATE BILL 2594 (ROBBINS – 1990)
CHAPTER 1561, STATUTES OF 1990 - SB 2594
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Code of Civil Procedure section 437c was amended in 1990 following legislative passage of Senate Bill 2594, a single-issue bill that proposed to affect only the language of this section. (See Exhibit #1f) Senator Alan Robbins introduced Senate Bill 2594 on March 1, 1990 at the request of the California Judges Association. (See Exhibits #1a and #3a)
Senate Bill 2594 was assigned to the Senate and Assembly Committees on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #6) One amendment was made to the bill by the Senate on May 7, 1990 before it was forwarded to the Assembly on May 24, 1990. (See Exhibits #1b and #2) Three amendments were made to Senate Bill 2594 by the Assembly on August 6, August 15, and August 22, 1990. (See Exhibits #1c through #1e and #2) The Assembly approved the legislation and returned it to the Senate on August 23, 1990. (See Exhibit #2) Governor George Deukmejian signed the bill on September 29, 1990 and Senate Bill 2594 was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 30, 1990 as Chapter 1561 of the Statutes of 1990. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
The Unfinished Business analysis prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses provides the following digest of Senate Bill 2594 as it was last amended August 22, 1990:
DIGEST: This bill provides that motions for summary adjudication be limited to resolving causes of action, affirmative defenses and/or claims for punitive damages.
This bill also makes other specified changes in summary adjudication procedures.
(See Exhibit #10, page 1)