Assembly Bill 2509 (Steinberg – 2000)
Chapter 876, Statutes of 2000, AB 2509
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As enacted in 2000, Assembly Bill 2509 amended Labor Code sections 98.1, 98.2, 203.1, 218.5, 226, 350, 351, and 1174 and added Labor Code sections 218.6 and 226.7, relating to employment. (See Exhibit A, #1f) Assembly member Darrell Steinberg introduced Assembly Bill 2509 on February 24, 2000 at the request of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. (See Exhibit A, #1a and #9, page 1)
Assembly Bill 2509 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment, the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, the Senate Committee on Industrial Relations, and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #2, #3, #9 and #11) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly and Senate Committees on Appropriations. (See Exhibit A, #2, #6 and #13)
Four amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2509 as it was considered by the Legislature. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1e and #2) A full understanding of legislative intent may be dependent upon knowing about the various proposals as introduced into the bill and then as amended throughout the bill’s consideration by the Assembly and the Senate Committees reviewing this measure. This can be particularly helpful where your focus is on specific language; by contrasting that enacted with the prior proposals in the bill one can gain insight as to the intended meaning or the apparent controversy generated by the language of interest. (Id.)
Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 2509 bill on September 28, 2000. It was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 29th as Chapter 876 of the Statutes of 2000. (See Exhibit A, #1f and #2)
An Enrolled Bill Memorandum to the Governor describes the final version of Assembly Bill 2509 as follows:
This bill would make various changes to the Labor Code relative to rights, remedies, and procedures. The bill streamlines and alters many enforcement and administrative procedures of wage and hour laws before the Labor Commissioner and the courts, increases civil penalties and damages for violations.
(See Exhibit A, #17, document PE-27)