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Code of Civil Procedure 704.080 was amended in 1998 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 2724, which affected this section only.  (See Exhibit #1f)  This bill was introduced on February 23, 1998 by Assembly member Tony Cardenas at the request of the Consumers Union, publisher of “Consumer Reports” magazine.  (See Exhibits #1a; #4, document AP-11; and #13, documents PE-6 and PE-11)


Assembly Bill 2724 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #7)  Four amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2724.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on August 12, 1998 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on August 13th as Chapter 290 of the Statutes of 1998.  (See Exhibit #1f)


The Concurrence in Senate Amendments analysis of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary described Assembly Bill 2724 as last amended as follows:


. . . Makes a technical clarification that welfare payments made by direct deposit are also included on the list of payments that are exempt from attachment by judgment creditors when made by direct deposit.  For purposes of this bill, public benefits are defined to include general assistance payments and CalWORKs payments, including payments for supportive services (i.e., child care, transportation costs, personal counseling and other ancillary expenses).

(See Exhibit #11b, page 1)