ASSEMBLY BILL 616 (DAVIS – 1957)
CHAPTER 456, STATUTES OF 1957 - AB 616
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The former Fish and Game Code was repealed and the current Fish and Game Code was enacted in 1957 following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 616. (See Exhibit #1e) Assembly Bill 616 was introduced on January 14, 1957 by Assembly members Clark Bradley and Pauline Davis. (See Exhibit #1a) The measure was intended to be a complete reorganization and recodification of the Fish and Game Code, purportedly without substantive changes. (See Exhibits #4, document PE-3 and #11, page 1176)
The Assembly and Senate Committees on Fish and Game considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit #2) The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance examined the bill’s fiscal implications. (Id.) There were three amendments proposed for this bill as it was considered by the Legislature. (See Exhibit #1b through #1d) Following legislative approval, Governor Goodwin Knight signed Assembly Bill 616 on May 19, 1957 becoming Chapter 456 of the Statutes of 1957. (See Exhibit #1f and #2)
The Legislative Counsel described Assembly Bill 616 as last amended as follows:
Repeals and re-enacts F.& G.C. and includes therein codification and repeal of Ch. 1447, Stats. 1947, re Pacific Marine Fisheries Compact.
Revises and amends F.& G.C. to include, among other things, provision requiring Fish & Game Commission regulations to be printed insofar as practicable, in state editions of code, provision requiring regulation superseding section of code to specifically designate such section, and provision continuing regulations of commission as law if general regulatory powers cease.
(See Exhibit #4, document PE-1)