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Assembly Bill 790 was introduced on February 20, 2003 by Assembly member Dario Frommer. (See Exhibit #1a)  The bill only proposed amendments to Business and Professions Code sections 21703 and 21705 regarding termination of self-service storage agreements.  (See Exhibit #1c and #3)  It was carried by the Assembly member for Public Storage Inc. (See Exhibit #4, document ARC-2)


Assembly Bill 790 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #5)  One amendment was made to Assembly Bill 790.  (See Exhibit #1b)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed the bill on September 3, 2003, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 4, 2003 as Chapter 267 of the Statutes of 2003.  (See Exhibits #1c and #2)


The Third Reading Analysis of the Office of Senate Floor Analyses addressing the content of the bill as last amended on July 16, 2003 provides this digest:


            This bill allows operators of self-service storage facilities to use a Certificate of Mailing instead of certified mail when mailing a preliminary lien notice (and notice of rent delinquency) to a customer who is more than 14 days delinquent in rent.  This notice will be mailed to the customer's last known address and the alternate address listed in the contract.  "Certified mail" will still be required for any mailing of a notice of lien sale, which occurs when the customer fails to respond to the preliminary lien notice.

            (See Exhibit #7, page 1)