Assembly Bill 2471 (Sieroty – 1974)
Chapter 1443, Statutes of 1974 - AB 2471
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Civil Code section 55 was enacted in 1974 following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 2471. (See Exhibit A, #1d) Assembly member Alan Sieroty introduced the bill on May 15, 1973 by. (See Exhibit A, #1a) Assembly Bill 2471 was a single-section bill that only proposed the addition of section 55 to the Civil Code. (See Exhibit A, #1d)
Assembly Bill 2471 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #3 and #5) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2471, both by the Senate. (See Exhibit A, #1b, #1c, and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Ronald Reagan signed the bill on September 26, 1974, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that same date as Chapter 1443 of the Statutes of 1973. (See Exhibit A, #1d and #2)
The Enrolled Bill Memorandum to Governor provides the following digest of Assembly Bill 2471:
Specifies that an action for an injunction to enforce specified provisions of law relating to construction and operation of public or private facilities not conforming to building requirements with respect to physically disabled persons; [sic] may be brought. Specifies that prevailing party is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees.
(See Exhibit A, #6, document PE-1)