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Assembly member John T. Knox, as lead author, introduced Assembly Bill 592 on January 27, 1965 in response to the numerous special districts being created in this State under existing law.  (See Exhibit A, #1a and #4, documents PE-6 and PE-7)  The sponsor of Assembly Bill 592 was “a majority of the membership of the Assembly Interim Committee on Municipal and County Government,” which also published a formal Report on this problem.  (See Exhibit A, #4; document PE-8 and Exhibit B, #3)  When enacted, this legislation became known as the “District Reorganization Act of 1965.”  (See Exhibit A, #1h, page 4665)


While before the Legislature, Assembly Bill 592 was heard by the Assembly Committee on Municipal and County Government and the Senate Committee on Local Government where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibit A, #2)  The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means examined the bill’s fiscal implications.  (Id.) 


Assembly Bill 592 was amended six times, three times in each House, prior to legislative approval.  (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1g and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown signed the bill on July 17th, and the Secretary of State recorded it on that day as Chapter 2043 of the Statutes of 1965.  (See Exhibit A, #1h and #2)


A description of Assembly Bill 592 was provided in a Memorandum from the Office of the Attorney General to the Governor, stating, in part:


Assembly Bill No. 592 adds, amends, and renumbers and repeals various sections, codes, and statutes relating to local districts.  It also enacts the District Reorganization Act of 1965 to provide a uniform procedure for district annexations, detachments, and dissolutions.

(See Exhibit A, #4, document PE-12)


The Director of Water Resources produced an Enrolled Bill Memorandum that stated the following purpose of the District Reorganization Act of 1965:


. . .  The purpose of the proposed Act is to provide, insofar as is practical at this time, a uniform, complete procedure for accomplishing changes in the territorial jurisdiction of special districts, including the creation of new special districts and disincorporation of existing special districts.

(See Exhibit A, #4, document PE-8)