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Assembly Bill 1394 (Figueroa 1997)

Chapter 711, Statutes of 1997

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As enacted, Assembly Bill 1394 added Business and Professions Code section 12606 and repealed Health and Safety Code section 110375, relating to packaging and labeling.  (See Exhibit #1g) 


Assembly member Martha Escutia, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, introduced this bill on February 28, 1997.  (See Exhibit #1a)  As introduced and considered through September 4, 1997 Assembly Bill 1394 carried proposals related to marital property.  (See Exhibit #1a through #1e)  In this form the bill

was heard by the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary.  (See Exhibit #2, #3, and #8) 


With the September 4th amendments, Assembly member Figueroa joins Assembly member Escutia as the primary authors of the bill, and it is gutted for the proposals regarding packaging and labeling.  (See ExhibitS #1e and #1f)  At this time the bill is directed to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which, while not generating an analysis of the bill, preserved a file with useful discussion of the history of the measure documenting the genesis of the September 4th.  (See Exhibits #2 and #12)  In addition, while the bill was not, according to its history assigned to the Senate Committee on Business and Profession, that committee generated an analysis of the measure and file materials which we provide.  (See Exhibit #2, #11 and #12)   


After passage in the Senate, this bill was returned to the Assembly and referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection, Government Efficiency and Economic Development.  The Committee did not generate an analysis but did preserve a file which is provided.  (See Exhibits #2 and #5)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on October 5, 1997, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on October 6, 1997 as Chapter 711 of the Statutes of 1997.  (See Exhibits #1g and #2)


The Office of Senate Floor Analyses Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 1394 as last amended summarizes this bill, stating:


This bill would repeal general requirements for commodities containers under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, and add requirements for commodities containers that are similar to existing requirements for food containers.


Senate Floor Amendments of 9/4/97 deleted the contents of the bill, therefore, the Assembly Floor Vote and the Senate Judiciary Committee vote are not relevant.  This is a new bill.

(See Exhibit #13b, pages 1 and 2)