Assembly Bill 1246 (Pettis – 1921)
Chapter 171, Statutes of 1921
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Assembly Bill 1246 of 1921 was a single-section bill that added now former Penal Code section 632a, relating to the protection of salmon and steelhead trout. (See Exhibit #1c) Assembly member J. A. Pettis introduced this measure on January 24, 1921. (See Exhibit #1a)
Assembly Bill 1246 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Fish and Game and the Senate Committee on Fish and Game where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) One amendment was made to Assembly Bill 1246. (See Exhibits #1b and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor William Stephens signed the bill on July 29, 1921, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on May 16, 191 as Chapter 171 of the Statutes of 1921. (See Exhibits #1c and #2)
The language of Penal Code section 632a, as enacted by Assembly Bill 1246, read as follows:
632a. Every person who shall place, use or operate or shall assist in placing, using or operating any net, trap weir or pound or other appliance, except hook and line used in the manner commonly known as angling, for the taking or catching of any fish at any time in fish and game districts one, one and one-half, two, two and one-half, three, four, four and one-half, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, or who shall place in any stream in said fish and game districts any dam or obstruction that prevents, impedes or tends to prevent or impede the passing of fish up or down stream, except as provided elsewhere in this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and must be fined in a sum not less than twenty-five dollars or more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail in the county in which the conviction shall be had not less than twenty-five days nor more than one hundred fifty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(See Exhibit #1c)