Senate Bill 1809 (Dunn – 2004)
Chapter 221, Statutes of 2004 - SB 1809
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Several Labor Code sections relating to private employment were affected in 2004 following legislative approval of Senate Bill 1809. (See Exhibit #1h) This bill was introduced on February 20, 2004 by Senator Joseph Dunn. (See Exhibit #1a) Senator Dunn carried this measure for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. (See Exhibit #14a, page 1)
Senate Bill 1809 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations, the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3, #7 and #9) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. (See Exhibits #2 and #11) Six amendments were made to Senate Bill 1809 as it was considered by the Legislature. (See Exhibits #1b through #1g and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1809 on August 11, 2004, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 221 of the Statutes of 2004. (See Exhibits #1h and #2)
The Unfinished Business analysis of Senate Bill 1809 as last amended on July 27, 2004, prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses described this bill as follows:
DIGEST: This bill significantly amends “The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004” [SB 796 (Dunn), Chapter 906, Statutes of 2003], by enacting specified procedural and administrative requirements that must be met prior to bringing a private action to recover civil penalties for Labor Code violations.
(See Exhibit #14b, pages 1 and 2)