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Senate Bill 977 (Gregorio 1974)

Chapter 1536, Statutes of 1974 - SB 977

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Numerous sections in the Business and Professions Code, Government Code and Public Resources Code, relating to subdivisions, were affected in 1974 following legislative approval of Senate Bill 977.  (See Exhibit A, #1i)  This bill was introduced on April 25, 1973 by Senator Arlen Gregorio, as lead author, at the request of the League of California Cities.  (See Exhibit A, #1a and #10, document PE-1)  At this time, Senator Gregorio served as vice-chair of the Assembly Committee on Local Government.  (See Exhibit A, #10, document PE-26)

Senate Bill 977 was heard by the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Assembly Committee on Planning, Land Use, and Energy.  (See Exhibit A, #3 and #5)  The Senate amended the bill three times and the Assembly amended it four times.  (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1h and #2)  Senate Bill 977 was approved by the Legislature on August 31, 1974, signed by Governor Ronald Reagan on September 27, 1974, and enacted on that date as Chapter 1536 of the Statutes of 1974.  (See Exhibit A, #1i and #2) 

The bill was summarized as follows in the analysis of Senate Bill 977 produced by the Assembly Committee on Planning, Land Use, and Energy:

This bill repeals the existing Subdivision Map Act and places it in the Government Code in a division entitled “Subdivisions” under the new title “Planning and Land Use.”  Although there are numerous changes made to existing law, many are technical

revisions intended to clarify the requirements for processing subdivision maps, certification requirements, etc.  The bill also affects specified sections of the Public Resources Code.

(See Exhibit A, #5)