Senate Bill 678 (Nejedly – 1979)
Chapter 197, Statutes of 1979 - SB 678
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As enacted Senate Bill 678 amended section 135 of the Harbors and Navigation Code and section 6873 of the Public Resources Code only. (See Exhibit #1d) The bill was introduced by Senator Nejedly on March 21, 1979 at the request of Western Oil and Gas Association. (See Exhibits #1a and #4, document SP-1)
Senate Bill 678 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization and the Assembly Committee on Resources, Land Use and Energy where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #2) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Senate Committee on Finance. (See Exhibit #2) Two amendments were made to Senate Bill 678. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., signed Senate Bill 678 on July 2, 1979 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 197 of the Statutes of 1979. (See Exhibit #1d)
Senate Bill 678 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into immediate effect. The reason for this urgency can be found in section 3 of Chapter 197.
The Enrolled Bill Memorandum to Government provides the following digest of Senate Bill 678:
1. Delays from July 1, 1979 to July 1, 1980 the effective date of installation of monitoring devices to prevent spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances involving vessels not subject to U.S. Coast Guard drydock inspection.
2. Delays from January 1, 1979 to January 1, 1980 the effective date of installation of such devices on vessels which are subject to U.S. Coast Guard inspection.
3. Permits discharge into ocean waters of drill cuttings and muds that are free of oil and materials harmful to marine life if such activities are authorized by a regional water quality control board.
(See Exhibit #8, document PE-2)