ASSEMBLY BILL 1489 (MALONEY – 1953)
CHAPTER 1331, STATUTES OF 1953
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 1489 repealed section 24434 of, added sections 23104.3 and 23104.4 to, and amended sections 23107, 23387, 23770, 24071, 24073, 24074, 24300, 24432, 24433, 24439, 24466, 24498, 25604, 25631, and 25755 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to alcoholic beverages. (See Exhibit #1f) Assembly member Thomas A. Maloney introduced this bill on January 14, 1953 at the request of the State Board of Equalization. (See Exhibits #1a and #4, document PE-12)
Assembly Bill 1489 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization and the Senate Committee on Governmental Efficiency where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) Four amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1489. (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Earl Warren signed the bill on June 24, 1953, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on June 25th as Chapter 1331 of the Statutes of 1953. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
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The Office of Legislative Counsel summarized the provisions of Assembly Bill 1489 in their report dated June 16, 1953 as follows:
Makes various changes in law relating to privileges under alcoholic beverage licenses, the transfer of such licenses, the levying of taxes on alcoholic beverages, and unlawful acts in connection with alcoholic beverages.
(See Exhibit #4, document PE-8)