Assembly Bill 2473 (Wolk – 2004)
Chapter 789, Statutes of 2004
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As enacted Assembly Bill 2473 of 2004 amended Civil Code section 714, repealed and added Government Code section 65850.5, and repealed and added Health and Safety Code section 17959.1. (See Exhibit #1f) Assembly member Lois Wolk introduced this measure regarding the installation of solar energy systems on February 19, 2004. (See Exhibit #1a) The California Solar Industries Association sponsored the measure. (See Exhibit #8, page 1)
Assembly Bill 2473 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Local Government and the Senate Committee on Local Government where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #5) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by both the Assembly and Senate Committees on Appropriations. (See Exhibits #4 and #2) Four amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2473. (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill on September 24, 2004 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 25th as Chapter 789 of the Statutes of 2004. (See Exhibit #1f)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses’ Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 2473 contained the following digest of the measure as last amended on July 19, 2004:
This bill makes six legislative findings and declarations. This bill declares that the implementation of statewide standards for solar energy is not a municipal, affair but is a matter of statewide concern. More specifically, this bill revises three parts of the Solar Rights Act.
(See Exhibit #8, page 1)