ASSEMBLY BILL 1758 (LEWIS – 1975)
CHAPTER 957, STATUTES OF 1975
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As enacted Assembly Bill 1758 amended, repealed, and added numerous sections of the Business and Professions Code, Government Code, Health and Safety Code, Revenue and Taxation Code, and Vehicle Code relating to air pollution. (See Exhibit A, #1f) Assembly member Jerry Lewis introduced Assembly Bill 1758 on April 4, 1975 at the request of the Air Resources Board. (See Exhibit A, #1a and #12, documents PE‑1 through PE‑3)
Assembly Bill 1758 was heard by the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. (See Exhibit A, #3 and #5) On the Senate side, the bill was heard before the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization and the Senate Committee on Finance. (See Exhibit A, #2 and #6)
During legislative consideration Assembly Bill 1758 was amended four times. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1e and #2) A full understanding of legislative intent may be dependent upon knowing about the various proposals as introduced into the bill and then as amended throughout the bill’s consideration by the Assembly and the Senate Committees reviewing this measure. (Id.) This can be particularly helpful where your focus is on specific language; by contrasting that enacted with the prior proposals in the bill one can gain insight as to the intended meaning or the apparent controversy generated by the language of interest. (Id.)
Assembly Bill 1758 was approved by the Legislature on September 4, 1975, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., on September 22, 1975, and enacted as Chapter 957 of the Statutes of 1975. (See Exhibit A, #1f and #2)
The Assembly Subcommittee on Air Quality analysis of the bill explained the purpose of the bill as follows:
The purpose of the bill is to reorganize and clarify the state air pollution statutes which have evolved piece by piece over the past twenty years and as a result are segmented, disorganized, and repetitious.
(See Exhibit A, #3)