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SENATE BILL 1316 (SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE 2002)

CHAPTER 784, STATUTES OF 2002 SB 1316

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Numerous statutes from numerous codes, relating to court unification, were affected in 2002 following legislative approval of Senate Bill 1316.  (See Exhibit A, #1g)  This massive bill was carried by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Senator Martha Escutia for the California Law Revision Commission [hereinafter referred to as “the CLRC” or “the Commission”].  (See Exhibit A, #1a and #13b, page 1; see generally, Exhibit B)

 

The bill was heard in the Senate and Assembly Committee’s on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the measure were considered.  (See Exhibit A, #3 and #7)  The Senate and Assembly Committee’s on Appropriations examined its fiscal implications.  (See Exhibit A, #2 and #9) 

 

Following five amendments, twice in the Senate and three times in the Assembly, Senate Bill 1316 was approved by the Legislature.  (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1f and #2)  Governor Gray Davis signed the legislation on September 21st and the Secretary of State recorded it on the following day as Chapter 784 of the Statutes of 2002.  (See Exhibit A, #1g and #2)

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee analysis noted that Senate Bill 1316 was a large bill that “would amend or delete statutes made obsolete by trial court restructuring and make related changes.”  (See Exhibit A, #3, page 1)

 

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary analysis of the bill as amended May 1, 2002 stated that the bill was sponsored by the CLRC “as a first step towards updating the codes to reflect the trial court restructuring accomplished in the late 1990’s.”  (See Exhibit A, #7, page 2)  This same analysis referred to “the CLRC’s March 2002 report entitled ‘California Law Revision Commission Recommendation:  Statutes Made Obsolete by Trial Court Restructuring:  Part 1.”  (Id.)  We enclose an excerpt related to your section from the Commission’s Recommendation. (See Exhibit B, #1)