Assembly Bill 3822 (Leonard – 1986)
Chapter 1426, Statutes of 1986
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 3822 was a single-section bill that amended only Penal Code section 667.51 relating to child molestation crimes. (See Exhibit #1d) Assembly Bill 3822 was introduced on February 21, 1986 by Assembly member Bill Leonard. (See Exhibit A, #1a) Assembly member Leonard carried this bill “to keep pedophiles off the streets and away from children.” (See Exhibit A, #14, document A-1)
Assembly Bill 3822 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #3 and #7) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (See Exhibit A, #2 and #5) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 3822. (See Exhibit A, #1b and #1c) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor George Deukmejian signed the bill on September 30, 1986, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 1426 of the Statutes of 1986. (See Exhibit A, #1d and #2)
The Assembly Committee on Public Safety analysis of the bill as introduced indicated that the purpose of Assembly Bill 3822 was “to keep habitual sex offenders in prison longer.” (See Exhibit A, #3, page 1)