SENATE BILL 125 (ALPERT – 2001)
CHAPTER 493, STATUTES OF 2001 - SB 125
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Sections relating to identity theft in the Civil Code, financial Code, Government Code and Penal Code were affected in 2001 following legislative approval of Senate Bill 125. (See Exhibit A, #1i) Senator Dede Alpert introduced the bill on January 25, 2001. (See Exhibit A, #1a) The bill was sponsored by the Identity Theft Resource Center, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Consumer Union, the Government Relations Oversight Committee, Electronic Data Systems, the California District Attorneys Association, and the Peace Officers Research Association of California. (See Exhibit A, #5, page 3)
Senate Bill 125 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Public Safety and the Assembly Committees on Banking and Finance and Public Safety where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #3, #7 and #9) Seven amendments were made to Senate Bill 125 as the bill was considered by both
Houses. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1h and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed Senate Bill 125 on October 4, 2001, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 493 of the Statutes of 2001. (See Exhibit A, #1i and #2)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses’ Unfinished Business analysis of Senate Bill 125 as last amended summarized the bill as “allow[ing] an identity theft victim to obtain information about unauthorized requests for credit that have been made in his or her name.” (See Exhibit A, #12b, page 1)