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Assembly Bill 836 (Casey 1961)

Chapter 381, Statutes of 1961, AB 836

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As enacted in 1961, Assembly Bill 836 amended Government Code sections 1090 and 1091.5 only.  (See Exhibit #1c)  Assembly Bill 836 was introduced by Assembly member Jack T. Casey, as lead author, on January 26, 1961.  (See Exhibit #1a) 


Assembly Bill 836 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Governmental Efficiency and Economy and the Senate Committee on Governmental Efficiency.  (See Exhibit #2)  The bill was amended once, then was approved by the Legislature and forwarded to the Governor for his signature.  (See Exhibits #1b and #2)  Governor Edmund G. Brown approved Assembly Bill 836 on May 13, 1961 and it was recorded with the Secretary of State on May 15, 1961 and enacted as Chapter 381 of the Statutes of 1961.  (See Exhibits #1c and #2)


Neither of the committees hearing this bill nor its author have left documentation surviving upon its consideration.  Given these circumstances, we found that the post-enrollment legislative bill file for the Governor regarding this legislation provides the most useful documents.  (See generally, Exhibit #3)  Through the materials located in the Governor’s file we are able to gain some insight into the intent of the legislation. The information in these materials was presumably presented to the legislature by the writers who were participants in the legislative process.  (Id.)


The Office of Legislative Counsel analysis described Assembly Bill 836 as follows:


Amends Secs. 1090, 1091.5, Gov. C., re public officers’ interest in contracts.


            Includes officers of special districts under provision of law prohibiting public officers from having any interest in contracts or sales or purchases made by them in their official capacity.


Provides that officer shall not be deemed to be interested in a contract if his interest is that of a recipient of public services generally provided by the public body or board of which he is a member, on the same terms and conditions as if he were not a member.

            (See Exhibit #3, document PE-3)