Assembly Bill 2801 (Brown – 1994)
Chapter 762, Statutes of 1994, AB 2801
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Several Government Code sections and Labor Code sections 4800 and 4800.5, were affected with the passage of Assembly Bill 2801 of 1994. (See Exhibit #1f) Assembly member Willie Brown introduced this measure on February 14, 1994 on behalf of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. (See Exhibits #1a and #9, page 3)
Assembly Bill 2801 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #3) After approval by that Committee, the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means examined its fiscal ramifications. (See Exhibit #5) The Assembly amended the bill on May 2, 1994. (See Exhibits #1b and #2) Assembly Bill 2801 was approved by the Assembly and forwarded to the Senate on May 12, 1994. (See Exhibit #2)
While in the Senate, the Senate Committees on Transportation and Governmental Organization considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibits #9 and #10) Subsequent to approval by those Committees, the measure was assigned to the Senate Committee on Appropriations which examined its fiscal implications. (See Exhibit #12) Three amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2801 by the Senate, on August 9, 16, and 26, 1994. (See Exhibits #1c through #1e and #2) The Senate thereafter approved the bill and returned it to the Assembly. (See Exhibit #2)
The Assembly approved the Senate amendments and forwarded Assembly Bill 2801 to the Governor on September 12, 1994. Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on September 22, 1994, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 23, 1994 as Chapter 762 of the Statutes of 1994. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
Assembly Bill 2801 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to become effective immediately upon enactment. The urgency clause, found in section 10 of the bill, states the reason for the urgency as:
In order for this act to be applicable as soon as possible in the 1994-95 fiscal year and so facilitate the orderly administration of state government at the earliest possible time, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.
(See Exhibit #1f, page 11)
The Third Reading analysis by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses summarized Assembly Bill 2801, as last amended on August 26, 1994, as follows:
This bill statutorily ratifies the collective bargaining agreement with Unit No. 5 (Highway Patrol).
This bill makes a variety of changes in compensation for California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and, to a lesser extent, state peace officer/firefighter (POFF) and state safety members, in accordance with agreements between DPA and the state employees groups….
(See Exhibit #14, page 1)