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Senate Bill 21 (Russell 1993)

Chapter 698, Statutes of 1993

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Former Health and Safety Code sections 32121, 32121.4 and 32125 were amended in 1993 following legislative passage of Senate Bill 21.  (See Exhibit #1j)  Senator Newton R. Russell introduced Senate Bill 21 on December 7, 1992 at the request of the Association of California Hospital Districts (“ACHD”).  (See Exhibits #1a and #15, document PE-10)


 While before the Legislature, Senate Bill 21 was heard in the Senate Committee on Local Government, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Assembly Committee on Health and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.  (See Exhibit #2, #3, and #5)  This bill was amended eight times as it was considered by the Legislature.  (See Exhibit #1b through #1i and #2)


Subsequent to approval from both Houses, Senate Bill 21 was forwarded to the Governor on September 21, 1993.  Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on October 1, 1993, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on October 4, 1993 as Chapter 698 of the Statutes of 1993.  (See Exhibit #1j and #2) 


Senate Bill 21 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to become effective immediately upon enactment.  (See Exhibit #1j, section 5)


 The Office of Senate Floor Analyses' Unfinished Business analysis of Senate Bill 21 summarized the provisions of the bill as follows:


 . . . This bill makes various changes to Senate Bill 1771 (Russell) which provided procedures for transferring hospital district assets.  (see analysis for specifics)...


(See Exhibit #13, page 1)