Assembly Bill 2849 (Knox – 1976)
Chapter 641, Statutes of 1976, AB 2849
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Civil Code section 331, Code of Civil Procedure sections 416.10 and 1710.45, several Corporations and Financial Code sections, and Government Code section 12210.5 were affected following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 2849 of 1976. (See Exhibit #1f) Assembly member John T. Knox introduced Assembly Bill 2849 on January 26, 1976 as a follow‑up bill making changes to major legislation enacted the prior year by Assembly Bill 376. (See Exhibits #1a and #3, page 1)
Assembly Bill 2849 was heard in the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary. (See Exhibits #3 and #4) The bill was amended four times, once in the Assembly and three times in the Senate. (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) It was approved by the Legislature on August 12, 1976, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., on August 27, 1976, and enacted on August 28, 1976 as Chapter 641 of the Statutes of 1976. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
The Senate Committee on Judiciary analysis of the bill as amended May 20th indicated that the purpose of Assembly Bill 2849 was to revise “the General Corporation Law which will become operative on January 1, 1977.” (See Exhibit #4, pages 1 and 8) After specifically describing certain proposed changes to various Corporations Code sections, this same analysis stated further that “[t]his bill makes additional revisions in the General Corporation Law, and also makes various technical and conforming changes in the law.” (Id., page 9)
A letter from Assembly member Knox, the author of this measure, indicated the source of Assembly Bill 2849 was as follows:
. . . [The bill] was drafted by a special subcommittee of the State Bar Committee on Corporations as problems of the original drafting came to their attention.
(See Exhibit #8b, document BG-4)