Assembly Bill 2787 (Kuehl-1996)
Chapter 1104, Statutes of 1996
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Several Business and Professions Code sections, affecting the status of attorneys, were affected with the passage of Assembly Bill 2787 in 1996. (See Exhibits #1a through #1d) Assembly member Sheila Kuehl introduced the bill on February 22, 1996 on behalf of the State Bar of California. (See Exhibits #1a and #8, document SP-1)
Assembly Bill 2787 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, the Senate Committee on Judiciary, and the Senate Committee on Criminal Procedure where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #2, #3, and #7) The Assembly Committee on Appropriations considered the fiscal ramifications of the bill. (See Exhibit #4) Three amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2787 as a result of its consideration in the Legislature. (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on September 29, 1996, and the Secretary of State recorded it on September 30, 1996 as Chapter 1104 of the Statutes of that year. (See Exhibits #1e and #2)
Assembly Bill 2787 was described as an omnibus bill sponsored by the State Bar. (See Exhibit #3, page 2 and #9) The Office of Senate Floor Analyses Consent analysis summarized the bill, stating, in part:
. . . This bill enacts various State Bar proposed amendments to current statutes relating to disablement, placement or inactive status, and malpractice for attorneys.
(See Exhibit #9, page 1)