Assembly Bill 310 (Scudder – 1933)
Chapter 73, Statutes of 1933, AB 310
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The 1933 enactment of the former Fish and Game Code was accomplished by Assembly Bill 310. (See Exhibit #1b) Assembly member Hubert Scudder, representing Sonoma County and a member of the Assembly Fish and Game Committee, introduced the measure on January 12, 1933. (See Exhibits #1a and #6)
Assembly Bill 310 was assigned to the Assembly and Senate Committees on Fish and Game for consideration of the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit #2) After approval by those Committees, the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means examined its fiscal ramifications. (See Exhibit #2) The bill was not amended during the legislative process. (See Exhibits #1 and #2) Subsequent to unanimous approval in both Houses, Assembly Bill 310 was forwarded to the Governor on April 3, 1933. Governor James Rolph, Jr., signed the bill on April 11, 1933, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 73 of the Statutes of 1933. (See Exhibit #1b and #2)
The Legislative Digest summarized this bill as follows:
Consolidates existing statutory provisions relating to fish and game. Cross reference takes and source notes on file in office of Code Commission, 206 State Capitol.
(See Exhibit #3, page 168)
Neither the legislative committees hearing this bill nor its author nor the Governor have left documentation surviving on its consideration. We researched related treatises, publications, studies, and reports from 1933, finding copies of materials produced by the California Code Commission, the entity that developed the proposed Fish and Game Code. (See Exhibits #7 and #8)