SENATE BILL 2278 (PRESLEY – 1984)
CHAPTER 986, STATUTES OF 1984
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As enacted in 1984, Senate Bill 2278 was a single section bill that amended only Penal Code section 4021, relating to county jails. (See Exhibit #1f) Senator Robert Presley introduced this bill on February 17, 1984. (See Exhibit #1a)
Senate Bill 2278 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Criminal Law and Public Safety where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #9) Four amendments were made to Senate Bill 2278. (See Exhibits #1a through #1e and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor George Deukmejian signed Senate Bill 2278 on September 10th 1984, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 11th as Chapter 986 of the Statutes of 1984. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
As last amended on August 6, 1984, the Senate Republican Caucus analysis summarized the provisions of Senate Bill 2278, stating:
This bill authorizes the search of the person of a prisoner of the opposite sex, or entry into his or her room or cell by an officer or jailer accompanied by either a deputy sheriff or an employee of the same sex as the prisoner.
(See Exhibit #8)