Assembly Bill 1008 (Luckel – 1951)
Chapter 670, Statutes of 1951
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Former Vehicle Code section 176, the precursor to current Vehicle Code section 5753, was amended in 1951 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 1008, which affected this section only. (See Exhibit #1b) This bill was introduced on January 16, 1951 by Assembly member Frank Luckel of San Diego at the request of the Department of Motor Vehicles. (See Exhibits #1a; #3, document EW-5; and #6)
Assembly Bill 1008 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Transportation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) There were no amendments made to Assembly Bill 1008. (See Exhibit #1b) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Earl Warren signed the bill on May 14, 1951, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on May 25, 1951 as Chapter 670 of the Statutes of 1951. (See Exhibits #1b and #2)
The only change proposed by Assembly Bill 1008 was to add the term “date” to the language of former Vehicle Code section 176. (See Exhibits #1a and #1b)
Neither of the committees hearing this bill nor its author have left documentation surviving upon its consideration. Given these circumstances, we found that the post-enrollment legislative bill files for Governor Warren regarding this legislation provided the most useful documents. (See generally, Exhibits #3 and #4) Through the materials located in the Governor’s post-enrollment file we are able to gain some insight into the intent of the legislation. The information in these materials was presumably presented to the legislature by the writers who were participants in the legislative process. (See Exhibit #4)
The Legislative Counsel’s analysis of Assembly Bill 1008 described the bill as follows:
Amends Sec. 176, Veh. C., to require person transferring ownership in vehicle to date certificate of ownership, in addition to endorsing and delivering it to transferee.
(See Exhibit #4, document PE-3)