ASSEMBLY BILL 1691 (PORTER – 1972)
CHAPTER 1315, STATUTES OF 1972 - AB 1691
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 1691 amended section 13608 of, and repealed and added Chapter 9 (commencing with section 13625) of the Water Code relating to water quality. (See Exhibit #1f) Assembly member Porter introduced the bill on March 15, 1972 which was sponsored by the California Association of Sanitation Agencies. (See Exhibits #1a and #4, document PE-7)
Assembly Bill 1691 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #2 and #3) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. (See Exhibit #2) Four amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1691. (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Ronald Reagan signed the bill on December 22, 1972, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 1315 of the Statutes of 1972. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
Neither of the committees hearing this bill nor its author have left documentation other than an analysis on the bill. This bill was heard on the Consent Calendar in each house, indicating it was unopposed and received unanimous votes in all committees. (See Exhibit #2) The non-controversial nature of the bill may account for the lack of material on the bill. Given these circumstances, we found that the post-enrollment legislative bill file for the Governor regarding this legislation provides the most useful documents. (See, generally, Exhibit #4) Through the materials located in the Governor’s file we are able to gain some insight into the intent of the legislation. The information in these materials was presumably also presented to the legislature as the writers typically were participants in the legislative process.
The Enrolled Bill Memorandum to Governor from the Legislative Secretary contains the following digest of Assembly Bill 1691:
AB 1691 provides for certification of all sewage treatment plant operators and supervisors for governmentally owned systems. The State Water Resources Control Board will administer the program.
(See Exhibit #4, document PE-2)