ASSEMBLY BILL 372 (HART – 1975)
CHAPTER 592, STATUTES OF 1975 - AB 372
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Penal Code sections 4001, 4002, 4021 and 4110 were amended and Penal Code section 4132 was repealed in 1975 following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 372, which affected these five sections only. (See Exhibit #1e) This bill was introduced on January 2, 1975 by Assembly member Gary K. Hart for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. (See Exhibits #1a; #7, page 1; and #11, document PE-14)
Assembly Bill 372 was assigned to both the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Revenue and Taxation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3, #2 and #7) Three amendments were made to Assembly Bill 372. (See Exhibits #1b through #1c and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed the bill on September 8, 1975 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 592 of the Statutes of 1975. (See Exhibit #1e)
The Enrolled Bill Report analysis of Assembly Bill 372 as last amended that was produced by the Department of Corrections described this bill, stating it:
Relaxes current legal requirements which prohibit male-female contact in county jails. This bill attempts to eliminate that prohibition, except in housing, bathing, and toilet areas. Makes clear that any join male-female prisoner programs are a county option.
(See Exhibit #11, document PE-5)