SENATE BILL 348 (SWING – 1943)
CHAPTER 288, STATUTES OF 1943
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Numerous former uncodified sections of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act were affected in 1943 following legislative approval of Senate Bill 348. (See Exhibit #1e) This bill was introduced on January 21, 1943 by Senator Ralph Swing, serving at this time as chair of the Senate Committee on Governmental Efficiency. (See Exhibits #1a and #9) He carried this bill at the request of the Legislative Budget Committee. (See Exhibit #3, document PE-7)
Senate Bill 348 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Governmental Efficiency and the Assembly Committee on Assembly Committee on Public Morals where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) Three amendments were made to Senate Bill 348. (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Earl Warren signed Senate Bill 348 on April 20, 1943, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on April 29, 1943 as Chapter 288 of the Statutes of 1943. (See Exhibits #1e and #2)
Senate Bill 348 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into immediate effect. The reason for this urgency can be found in section 15 of Chapter 289. (See Exhibit #1e, page 1273)
The Summary Digest of Statutes Enacted summarized the provisions of this bill as last amended as follows:
Generally makes provision re taxation of distilled spirits applicable to beer and wine, and recasts exemptions.
Reduces minimum tax bond from $1,000 to $500. Changes due date for beer and wine from 50 days after close of month to first day of next succeeding month.
Authorizes State Board of Equalization to make rules and regulations re wine taxation to coordinate California to Federal system
(See Exhibit #4, page 26)