Senate Bill 1042 (Vuich – 1979)
Chapter 1112, Statutes of 1979
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Senate Bill 1042 was introduced by Senator Rose Ann Vuich on April 2, 1979. (See Exhibit A, #1a) As enacted, Senate Bill 1042 added Labor Code section 1198.3 and Water Code section 1011 relating to exemptions for mandatory time off and water conservation, respectively. (See Exhibit A, #1d)
Senate Bill 1042 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. The Senate made no amendments to the bill. Senate Bill 1042 was approved by the Senate and forwarded to the Assembly on May 18, 1979. (See Exhibit A, #2) While in the Assembly, the Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit A, #6) Subsequent to approval by that Committee, Senate Bill 1042 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on
Ways and Means which examined its fiscal implications. (See Exhibit A, #7) Two amendments were made to Senate Bill 1042 by the Assembly, on June 11, and September 14, 1979. (See Exhibit A, #1b and #1a) The Assembly thereafter approved the bill and returned it to the Senate. (See Exhibit A, #2)
The Senate approved the Assembly amendments and forwarded Senate Bill 1042 to the Governor on September 18, 1979. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the bill on September 27, 1979. Senate Bill 1042 was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 1112 of the Statutes of 1979. (See Exhibit A, #1d and #2) Senate Bill 1042 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into immediate effect. The reason for the urgency is stated in section 3 of Chapter 1112. (See Exhibit A, #1d, page 4047)
Addressing the content of the bill as enrolled to the Governor, his Legislative Secretary’s Enrolled Bill Memorandum provided:
(1) Protects water rights that are subject to forfeiture from non-use when such non-use is the result of water conservation.
(2) Extends until January 1, 1981, the authority of the Chief of the Division of Labor Standards to exempt employees or employers from mandatory day off requirements when it will cause a hardship.
(See Exhibit A, #9, document PE-2)