Senate Bill 1445 (Thompson – 1994)
Chapter 1083, Statutes of 1994 - SB 1445
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As enacted in 1994, Senate Bill 1445 amended sections 328 and 352 of and added section 352.1 to the Code of Civil Procedure. (See Exhibit #1d) Senator Mike Thompson introduced Senate Bill 1445 on February 10, 1994 at the request of the State Department of Justice and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. (See Exhibits #1a and #11, page 1)
While before the Legislature, the measure was considered by the Senate and Assembly Committees on Judiciary. (See Exhibits #3 and #7) The bill was amended on two occasions, once in the Senate on April 5th and the other in the Assembly on August 9, 1994. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Subsequent to legislative passage, Senate Bill 1445 was signed by Governor Pete Wilson on September 28, 1994 and recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 1083 of the Statutes of 1994. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
The bill contained an uncodified section 1 that set forth the Legislature’s findings and declarations of intentions. (See Exhibit #1d, page 1)
The Unfinished Business analysis of Senate Bill 1445 as last amended on August 9, 1994 summarizes the bill, stating:
This bill would require a state prison inmate to file a civil cause of action within the applicable statutory limitations period without any tolling of the statute during the person's term of imprisonment.
Assembly Amendments reduce to two years, rather than eliminate, the tolling provision.
(See Exhibit #11, page 1)