Assembly Bill 678 (Papan – 2001)
Chapter 226, Statutes of 2001
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Business and Professions Code section 7031, pertaining to the recovery of payment to unlicensed contractors, was amended following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 678, which affected section 7031 only. (See Exhibit #1d) Assembly member Louis Papan introduced the measure on February 22, 2001, at the request of Judge Quentin Kopp of the San Mateo County Superior Court. (See Exhibits #1a, #3 and #4, document AP1-1)
Following its introduction, the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions and the Senate Committee on Judiciary considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibits #3, #5, and #9) Assembly Bill 678 was amended twice, once in the Assembly and once in the Senate, before being approved by both Houses of the Legislature. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Governor Gray Davis signed the measure on September 1st, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 4th becoming Chapter 226 of the Statutes of 2001. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
The 2001 Digest of Legislation prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses provided the following summary of Assembly Bill 678 as enacted:
Allows individuals who use the services of an unlicensed contractor to bring an action to recover all compensation paid to the unlicensed contractor for performance of any act or contract.
(See Exhibit #16, page 83)