Assembly Bill 2679 (Knox – 1976)
Chapter 1312, Statutes of 1976 - AB 2679
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As enacted Assembly Bill 2679 amended and added various sections to the Public Resources Code relating to environmental impact reports. (See Exhibit #1g) Assembly member John T. Knox introduced the bill on January 12, 1976. (See Exhibit #1a)
Assembly Bill 2679 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Resources, Land Use, and Energy where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #3) After approval by that Committee, the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means examined its fiscal ramifications. (See Exhibit #5) The Assembly amended the bill on April 19, April 29, and June 10, 1976. (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2) Assembly Bill 2679 was approved by the Assembly and forwarded to the Senate on June 16, 1976. (See Exhibit #2)
While in the Senate, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit #8) Subsequent to approval by that Committee, the measure was assigned to the Senate Committee on Finance which examined its fiscal implications. (See Exhibit #2) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2679 by the Senate, on August 6 and August 16, 1976. (See Exhibits #1e, #1f, and #2) The Senate thereafter approved the bill and returned it to the Assembly. (See Exhibit #2)
The Assembly approved the Senate amendments and Assembly Bill 2679 was forwarded to the Governor on September 9, 1976. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed the bill on September 28, 1976, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 29, 1976 as Chapter 1312 of the Statutes of 1976. (See Exhibits #1g and #2)
The Third Reading analysis of the Senate Democratic Caucus provides the following a digest of Assembly Bill 2679 as last amended on August 16, 1976:
The Environmental Quality Act of 1970 requires the preparation of an environmental impact report on all projects carried out or
approved by a public agency which may have a significant effect on the environment.
This bill would make changes relating to the preparation of these reports. It includes certain requirements already adopted in the state guidelines prepared by the Secretary of the Resources Agency.
(See Exhibit #11, page 1)