Senate Bill 475 (Escutia-2001)
Chapter 362, Statutes of 2001 - SB 475
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Senate Bill 475 affected Code of Civil Procedure sections 639, 1281.6, 1281.9, 1286.2, 640.5, 1281.85 and 1281.91 in 2001 regarding dispute resolution – referees and arbitrators. (See Exhibit #1f) This measure was introduced by Senator Martha Escutia on February 22, 2001. (See Exhibit #1a) This bill was co-sponsored by the Governor, the Judicial Council and the author. (See Exhibit #7)
Senate Bill 475 was heard in the Senate and Assembly Committees on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the measure were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #7) The Assembly Committee on Appropriations examined the bill’s fiscal implications. (See Exhibit #9) Senate Bill 475 was amended three times, once in the Senate and twice in the Assembly, before being approved by both Houses of the Legislature. (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2) The enrolled version of the bill was forwarded to Governor Gray Davis who signed the measure on September 26, 2001, and the Secretary of State recorded it on September 27th as Chapter 362 of the Statutes of 2001. (See Exhibits #1e, #1f and #2)
A succinct summary of Senate Bill 475 was provided in the Enrolled Bill Memorandum to the Governor, which stated that the bill “. . . requires the Judicial Council to adopt ethics standards for non-judicial (private) arbitrators that are
consistent with those of the judicial arbitration program and requires the compliance of these arbitrators by July 2002.” (See Exhibit #14, document PE-2)