SENATE BILL 782 (COLLIER – 1939)
CHAPTER 791, STATUTES OF 1939 - SB 782
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Former Fish and Game Code section 534, the historical derivation of current Fish and Game Code section 5901, was amended in 1939 following legislative approval of Senate Bill 782 of 1939, which affected this section only. (See Exhibit #1b) Senator Randolph Collier introduced this measure on January 24, 1939. (See Exhibit #1a) Since Senator Collier was not a member of the Senate Committee on Fish and Game, perhaps he carried this bill for a local constituent from his District 2, which included Del Norte and Siskiyou Counties. (See Exhibit #3)
Senate Bill 782 was assigned to both the Senate and the Assembly Committee on Fish and Game where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) No amendments were made to Senate Bill 782. (See Exhibit #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Culbert L. Olson signed Senate Bill 782 on July 17, 1939 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on July 22nd as Chapter 791 of the Statutes of 1939. (See Exhibit #1b)
As mentioned above, there were no amendments to Senate Bill 782. (See Exhibit #2) As a result, the following language proposing to amend former Fish and Game Code section 534 was enacted as introduced in Senate Bill 782:
534. Except as otherwise provided in this code, it is unlawful to construct or maintain in any stream in districts 1, 11/2, 2, 21/2, 23/4, 3, 4, 41/2, 5, 23 and 25, and device or contrivance which prevents, impedes, or tends to prevent or impede the passing of fish up and down stream.
(See Exhibit #1b)