Senate Bill 1037 (Jespersen – 1947)
Chapter 1543, Statutes of 1947, SB 1037
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As enacted in 1947, Senate Bill 1037 repealed Business and Professions Code sections 7500 through 7593 and enacted new Business and Professions Code sections 7500 through 7581, relating to the definition of and the licensing and regulation of private detectives. (See Exhibit #1g) Senator Chris Jespersen, a farmer from the Atascadero area, carried this measure for the Department of Professional and Vocational Standards, who drafted the legislation. (See Exhibits #5, page 60 and #6, documents PE‑1 and PE-10)
The bill was heard in the Senate Committee on Business and Professions as well as the Assembly Committee on Judiciary. (See Exhibit #2) Four amendments were made to Senate Bill 1037. (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) After approval by the Legislature and Governor Earl Warren, it was enacted as Chapter 1543 of the Statutes of 1947. (See Exhibits #1g and #2)
Senate Bill 1037 was considered a revision of existing licensing laws regarding detectives, creating the “Detective License Law” of 1947. (See Exhibit #6, document PE‑1) The Summary Digest of Statutes Enacted summarizes the measure, stating:
Vests administration of laws in Detective License Bureau in Department of Professional and Vocational Standards, rather than in Board of Prison Directors. Revises classification of licenses, qualifications, and administrative procedure. Requires posting of license and keeping of records, and provides for issuance of pocket identification card.
(See Exhibit #4, page 70)