ASSEMBLY BILL 503 (PAPAN – 1983)
CHAPTER 653, STATUTES OF 1983
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Multiple sections of the Business and Professions Code were affected in 1983 following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 503. (See Exhibit #1e) Assembly member Louis J. Papan introduced the measure on February 7, 1983, which was sponsored by the firm of Foster & Kleiser as a result of meetings between the Department of Transportation and outdoor advertising industry representatives. (See Exhibits #3 and #13, documents PE-8 and PE‑9) The Vice President of Public Relations at Foster & Kleiser was the President of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America – California Chapter, which represented the majority of owners in the State. (See Exhibit #13, document PE-9)
Assembly Bill 503 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #3) After approval by that committee, the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means examined its fiscal ramifications. (See Exhibit #5) The Assembly amended the bill on April 7, 1983. (See Exhibits #1b and #2) Assembly Bill 503 was approved by the Assembly and forwarded to the Senate on May 12, 1983. (See Exhibit #2)
While in the Senate, the Committee on Transportation considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit #7) Subsequent to approval by that committee, the measure was assigned to the Senate Committee on Finance that examined its fiscal implications. (See Exhibit #2) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 503 in the Senate on June 27 and July 7, 1983. (See Exhibits #1c, #1d, and #2) The Senate thereafter approved Assembly Bill 503 and returned it to the Assembly. (See Exhibit #2)
The Assembly approved the Senate amendments made to Assembly Bill 503 and forwarded the measure to the Governor on August 25, 1983. (See Exhibit #2) Governor George Deukmejian signed Assembly Bill 503 on September 6, 1983, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 653 of the Statutes of 1983. (See Exhibits #1e and #2)
In a letter requesting Governor Deukmejian to sign Assembly Bill 503, Assembly member Papan provided the following summary of the bill, stating, in part:
. . . While most of the amendments are totally noncontroversial, there are three important changes in the law:
1. The deletion of the certificate of zoning compliance provisions does not remove any obligation to comply with local zoning regulations; it simply removes a large administrative chore for Caltrans to reapprove what the local entity has done.
2. Regulations relating to spacing of signs are made consistent for all urban areas, whether or not the area is incorporated.
3. Increases the permit fee by 43% to $10.00, the application fee by 50% to $30.00, and allows the department to collect additional new fees for preliminary determinations of proposed locations.
(See Exhibit #13, document PE-8)