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As enacted Senate Bill 1689 was a single section bill that added now former section 690.30 to the Code of Civil Procedure only.  (See Exhibit #1f)  Senators Presley, Behr, and Roberti introduced the bill on March 2, 1976 at the request of the California Rural Legal Assistance.  (See Exhibits #1a and #3, page 1)


Senate Bill 1689 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #6)  Four amendments were made to Senate Bill 1689.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed Senate Bill 1689 on September 8, 1976 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 9th as Chapter 810 of the Statutes of 1976.  (See Exhibit #1f)


The Enrolled bill Memorandum to Governor contains the following digest of Senate Bill 1689:


Under existing law social security and SSI benefits are exempt from execution. This bill would eliminate the need to file a claim of exemption for amounts up to $500 directly deposited in an individual’s account ($750 if a

joint account) under the Federal Social Security program. This provision makes these funds available for immediate withdrawal by the recipient.

(See Exhibit #10, document PE-2)