Senate Bill 1611 (Mello – 1984)
Chapter 1215, Statutes of 1984, SB 1611
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Penal Code section 597, Welfare and Institutions Code section 259, and several Fish and Game Code sections pertaining to protected fish and game and related penalties, were affected with the passage of Senate Bill 1611 of 1984. (See Exhibits #1a through #1h) Senate member Henry Mello introduced Senate Bill 1611 on February 2, 1984. (See Exhibit #1a)
Senate Bill 1611 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife and the Assembly Committee’s on Water Parks and Wildlife and Criminal Law and Public Safety where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #2, #3 and #10) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Senate Committee on Finance and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. (See Exhibits #2 and #13) Six amendments were made to Senate Bill 1611. (See Exhibits #1b through #1g and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor George Deukmejian signed Senate Bill 1611 on September 17, 1984, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 1215 of the Statutes of 1984. (See Exhibits #1h and #2)
The Senate Republican Caucus produced the following summary of Senate Bill 1611, as last amended on August 27, 1984, stating:
This bill increases existing penalties and establishes new penalties for illegally taking, possessing, or harming fully protected, rare or endangered and other specified wildlife species.
(See Exhibit #8b, page 1)