Assembly Bill 346 (Chu – 2005)
Chapter 184, Statutes of 2005 - AB 346
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 346 amended Government Code sections 905.2, 910.8, 911, and 911.2, relating to state claims. (See Exhibit #1d) Assembly member Chu carried this measure which was introduced on February 10, 2005 on behalf of the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. (See Exhibit A, #1a and #3a)
This bill was considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (See Exhibits #3 and #6) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 346. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill on September 6, 2005 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 184 of the Statutes of 2005. (See Exhibit #1d)
Assembly Bill 346 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into immediate effect. The reason for this urgency is found in section 8 of Chapter 184. "In order to pay claims against the stat and end hardship to claimants as quickly as possible, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately."
The Fiscal Summary of Assembly Bill 346 prepared by the Senate Committee on Appropriations summarizes the bill as last amended on May 16, 2005:
AB 346, an urgency measure, would appropriate $1,082,007.08 from various funds to the Executive Officer of the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (board) to pay claims accepted by the board. In addition, the bill would change provisions of the claims process.
(See Exhibit #6)