ASSEMBLY BILL 1X (KEELEY – 2001X)
CHAPTER 4X, STATUTES OF 2001X - AB 1x
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Public Utilities Code section 366.5 was amended, section 360.5 was added and section 355.1 was repealed, while sections 80000, et seq., were added to the Water Code in 2001. These actions followed legislative passage of Assembly Bill 1x in the First Extraordinary Session of that year. (See Exhibit #1g) Although Assembly member Carole Migden introduced this bill on January 3, 2001, Assembly member Fred Keeley became the primary author following the January 16, 2001 amendment. (See Exhibits #1a and #1b) The bill addressing issues regarding electric power, was a ". . .result of recent discussions between the Governor, the Legislature, and parties affected by the state energy situation." (See Exhibit #5, page 2)
Assembly Bill 1x was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Energy Costs and Availability and the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #8) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (See Exhibits #5 and #10) Five amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1x during its consideration by the Legislature. (See Exhibits #1b through #1f and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed the bill on February 1, 2001, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that date as Chapter 4x of the Statutes of 2001x. (See Exhibits #1g and #2)
Assembly Bill 1x contained an urgency clause that stated the reason it became effective immediately upon enactment as follows:
In order to address the rapid, unforeseen shortage of electric power and energy available in the state and rapid and substantial increases in wholesale energy costs and retail energy rates, that endanger the health, welfare, and safety of the people of the state, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.
(See Exhibit #1g, page 20)