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CHAPTER 1594, STATUTES OF 1982 - SB 2012

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Numerous sections in the Business and Professions Code, Government Code, Health and Safety Code, and Welfare and Institutions Code relating to general welfare were affected in 1982 following legislative passage of Senate Bill 2012.  (See Exhibit #1f)  Senator Ken Maddy introduced the legislation on March 23, 1982 on behalf of the California District Hospital Association.  (See Exhibits #1a and #12, page 17)  According to the Department of Mental Health "SB 2012, [was] commonly referred to as the "Medi-Cal Cleanup Bill" to AB 799 (Ch. 328, Statutes of 1982), . . ."  (See Exhibit #15, document PE-23)  


While before the Legislature, Senate Bill 2012 was heard in the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Assembly Committee on Health.  (Exhibits #3 and #6)  When Senate Bill 2012 was returned to the Senate, the Assembly’s amendments were reviewed and rejected.  Consequently, Senate Bill 2012 was assigned to a Conference Committee.  (See Exhibit #2)  The purpose of a Conference Committee is to bring together six legislators, three from each House, in an attempt to reach a compromise on a bill’s language which is acceptable to both Houses. 


The Conference Committee made amendments to Senate Bill 2012 in a Conference Report dated August 31, 1982, which was accepted by the Legislature.  (See Exhibit #1e)  The bill was sent to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., who signed it becoming Chapter 1594 of the Statutes of 1982.  (See Exhibits #1f and #2)


Senate Bill 2012 was an urgency measure going into effect immediately. (See Exhibit #1f)  Uncodified section 91 of the bill stated the necessity for the urgency as follows:  “[i]n order to effectuate necessary changes in the Medi-Cal program, it is necessary that this act go into immediate effect.”  (Id., at page 6360)


It appears that Senate Bill 2012, while pending in the Legislature, became the “clean‑up vehicle” to bills which had already been enacted, (i.e. Chapters 326, 328, and 329, Statutes of 1982).  (See Exhibits #12, page 2; and #15, documents PE-1 and PE-30)  The vast majority of the bill’s provisions were added in Conference Committee.  (See Exhibit #1e)


In a letter to Governor Brown on September 15, 1982, Senator Maddy described Senate Bill 2012 as follows:


This is a measure which was amended in Conference Committee to be utilized as a vehicle to clean-up legislation (Assembly Bills 799 and 3480(Robinson)) which you signed earlier this year.  The bill represents an extensive cooperative effort on the part of the Department of Health Services, constituency groups, and legislative staff.


Most of the changes to current law are technical and intended to clarify legislative intent, as well as ease implementation…

(See Exhibit #15, document PE-30)