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Assembly Bill 97 (Nation 2004)

Chapter 21, Statutes of 2004 - AB 97

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As enacted, Assembly Bill 97 amended section 56836.155, and added and repealed section 48300 et sequence of the Education Code regarding public schools.  (See Exhibit #1l)  Assembly Member Nation introduced this measure January 8, 2003 on his own initiative. (See Exhibit #1a and #11, page 1)

Assembly Bill 97 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #7)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  (See Exhibits #5 and #9)  Ten amendments were made to Assembly Bill 97.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1k and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill on March 4, 2004 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on March 5th as Chapter 21 of the Statutes of 2004.  (See Exhibit #1l)

The Senate Floor Analysis summarized Assembly Bill 97 as last amended on February 9, 2004 as follows:

DIGEST:  This bill (a) re-enacts the authorization on the “School Districts of Choice” process for inter-district attendance which self repealed on January, 1 2004, and (b) extends, for one year, a special education funding mechanism.

(See Exhibit #12, page 1)