Senate Bill 1054 (Pierovich – 1933)
Chapter 731, Statutes of 1933
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Former Fish and Game Code sections 93, 493, 534, 616, 619 and 1272 were amended, and former section 94 was repealed, with the passage of Senate Bill 1054 in 1933. (See Exhibit #1b) Senator A.L. Pierovich introduced this measure on January 28, 1933. (See Exhibit #1a)
Senate Bill 1054 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Fish and Game and the Assembly Committee on Fish and Game where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) One amendment was made to Senate Bill 1054. (See Exhibits #1b and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor James Rolph, Jr., signed Senate Bill 1054 on May 27, 1933, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on June 5, 1933 as Chapter 731 of the Statutes of 1933. (See Exhibits #1c and #2)
The enclosed July 1932 report by the Division of Fish and Game established some of the historical context for Senate Bill 1054, describing the adverse effect of mining and the building of dams on the integrity of fishways. (See Exhibit #5) The report concluded that “Only by keeping the streams free from obstructions or by the installation of appropriate fishways at dams may fish life be maintained on a normal basis.” (Id., page 243)