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Senate Bill 771 (Greene 1981)

Chapter 178, Statutes of 1981 - SB 771

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As enacted Senate Bill 771 amended only Business and Professions Code sections 12210 and 12500 relating to weights and measures.  (See Exhibit #1b)  Senator Greene introduced the bill on March 19, 1981 at the request of the Department of Food and Agriculture.   (See Exhibits #1a and #4, document SDC-1)

Senate Bill 771 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources and the Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection and Toxic Materials where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #6)  No amendments were made to Senate Bill 771 during the legislative process.  (See Exhibit #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., signed Senate Bill 771 on July 13, 1981 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 178 of the Statutes of 1981.  (See Exhibits #1b and #2)

This bill was heard on the Consent Calendar in each house, indicating it was unopposed and received unanimous votes in all committees.  (See Exhibit #2)  The non-controversial nature of the bill may account for the lack of material on the bill.

The analysis of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources provides the following digest of Senate Bill 771:

            This bill would reorganize the existing statutes regarding weights and measures verification and would create the term ‘commercial purposes’ [sic] to describe transactions wherein items are sold on the basis of weight or a charge for service is based on weight, measure or count.  As under present law, measurement done in a plant or business as part of the manufacturing or market preparation process is not defined to be a commercial purpose.  Several devices which are used in charging for services are listed in the bill.

(See Exhibit #3)