ASSEMBLY BILL 1115 (STROM-MARTIN – 1999)
CHAPTER 78, STATUTES OF 1999
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Assembly Bill 1115 was introduced by the Assembly Committee on Budget in the form of a spot bill for eventual usage as a budget trailer bill. (See Exhibit A, #1a) “Spot Bills” are basically “bookmarks” for a later incorporation of a lengthier legislative proposal once its terms are finalized. It assures that legislative time frames for the introduction and consideration of bills are timely met. In this form, the Assembly Bill 1115 was heard in the Assembly Committee on Budget and passed the Assembly. (See Exhibit A, #1a and #2)
In the Senate the bill was substantively amended on June 15th to incorporate proposals necessary to implement the Budget Act of 1999 with regards to public schools and higher education, a lengthy education proposal. At this time Assembly member Strom-Martin became the lead author of the bill. (See Exhibit A, #1b) This proposal was never heard in committee, such requirement being suspended. The bill was approved by both Houses and enrolled to the Governor by June 25th. (See Exhibit A, #2)
Governor Gray Davis approved Assembly Bill 1115, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 78 of the Statutes of 1999 on July 7th. (See Exhibit A, #1c and #2) Assembly Bill 1115 was an urgency measure causing the bill to go into immediate effect. The reason for the urgency is stated in uncodified section 77 of Chapter 78 as follows:
In order to implement the Budget Act of 1999 with respect to the public schools and higher education, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.
(See Exhibit A, #1c, page 1175)