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Assembly Bill 568 (Hunter 1992)

Chapter 718, Statutes of 1992 - AB 568

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As enacted, Assembly Bill 568 amended section 196.5 of, repealed and added section 4384.5 of the Civil Code, amended section 683.130 of the Code of Civil Procedure and added sections 14124.92 and 15200.98 of the Welfare and Institutions Code relating to family law.  (See Exhibit #1g)  Assembly member Tricia Hunter introduced the measure on February 15, 1991.  (See Exhibit #1a) As introduced the bill related only to the California Commission on Health and Care Policy and Financing.  (See Exhibit #1a) On July 30, 1992 the bill was gutted and replaced with provisions relating to family law.  (See Exhibit #1d)  The July 30th amendment also added co-author Assembly member K. Jacqueline Speier.  (Id.)  As amended on July 30, 1992 the measure was sponsored by the Department of Social Services and was part of the Governor’s Vision of Excellence for child support enforcement.  (See Exhibits #9 and #16, document PE-8)

As introduced in February 15, 1991, Assembly Bill 568 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Health for consideration of the policy issues raised by the bill.  (Exhibit #3)  After approval by that Committee, the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means examined its fiscal ramifications.  (Exhibit #5)  The Assembly amended the bill on May 15, 1991.  (See Exhibits #1b and #2)  Assembly Bill 568 was approved by the Assembly and forwarded to the Senate on June 18, 1991.  (See Exhibit #2)

While in the Senate, the Committee on Health and Human Services heard the policy issues presented by the bill.  (Exhibit #8)  The Senate made one amendment on August 20, 1991, and the bill was then returned to the Assembly on August 22, 1991.  (See Exhibits #1c and #2)  Assembly Bill 568 was sent to the Governor on September 3, 1991, however, was withdrawn on September 12, 1991 and placed on the inactive file at the request of Assembly member Hunter.  (See Exhibit #2) 

On June 18, 1992 the bill was removed from the inactive file and referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary.  (See Exhibit #9)  Subsequent to approval by that Committee, the Senate Committee on Appropriations examined the fiscal ramifications of the bill.  (See Exhibit #11)  The Senate amended the bill on July 30, August 13, and August 20, 1992.  (See Exhibits #1d through #1f and #2)  Following legislative approval, Assembly Bill 568 was signed by Governor Wilson on September 15, 1992 and was recorded by the Secretary of State on that date as Chapter 718 of the Statutes of 1992.  (See Exhibits #1g and #2)

The Enrolled Bill Report of the Department of Social Services describes Assembly Bill 568 as follows:

This bill would:  (1) extend the duty of parental support to apply to a child who has attained the age of 18 years, who is not self-supporting and living in foster care up to age 19; (2) exempt child support judgments from being periodically renewed; (3) authorize incentive payments to county district attorneys for obtaining third-party health coverage or insurance of beneficiaries; and (4) allow pilot projects to be established in three counties to determine whether allowing a county to divert a portion of the child support excess incentive funds results in improvements in the child support enforcement program in that county.

(See Exhibit #16, document PE-8)