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Assembly Bill 2320 (McCarthy – 1980)

Chapter 1152, Statutes of 1980 - AB 2320

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As enacted, Assembly Bill 2320 amended sections of the Business and Professions Code and amended and added sections of the Government code relating to land use and development.  (See Exhibit #1h)   Assembly member Leo McCarthy introduced the bill on February 13, 1980 as part of a “housing package announced by the Speaker and the Chairwoman of the Housing and Community Development Committee” on that same day.  (See Exhibits #1a and #13, document PE-7)

Assembly Bill 2320 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development and the Senate Committee on Local Government for consideration of the policy issues raised by the bill.  (See Exhibits #2, #3, and #7)  The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance examined its fiscal ramifications.  (See Exhibits #2 and #5) 

Following six amendments, three in each House, Assembly Bill 2320 was approved by the Legislature, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., on September 26, 1980, and recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 1152 of the Statutes of 1980.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1h and #2)

A concise summary of Assembly Bill 2320 was stated as follows in the Senate Committee on Local Government’s analysis as the bill was amended on May 5, 1980:

Assembly Bill 2320 includes a number of provisions which will decrease the processing time for certain developments and will provide specific statutory requirements for local planning and zoning.

(See Exhibit #7, page 1)