ASSEMBLY BILL 1942 (ROBERTSON – 1941)
CHAPTER 548, STATUTES OF 1941 - AB 1972
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As enacted in 1941, Assembly Bill 1942 codified the Public Land Law of California. (See Exhibit B, #1b) Assembly member Alfred W. Robertson introduced the bill on January 25, 1941. (See Exhibit B, #1a and #6)
The bill was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of the policy issues presented by the bill. (See Exhibit B, #2) There were no amendments proposed for Assembly Bill 1942 as it was reviewed by both Houses. (Id.) Following legislative approval, Governor Culbert L. Olson signed Assembly Bill 1942 on June 2, 1941 and the Secretary of State recorded it as Chapter 548 of the Statutes of 1941. (See Exhibit B, #1b and #2)
This legislation was an “emergency bill.” (See Exhibit B, #5) Pursuant to a “Recommendation of the Governor” printed in the Journal of the Assembly, the Governor recommended the passage of Assembly Bill 1942 and stated, in part,
. . . in my opinion constitutes an emergency bill within the meaning of that term, as used in Section 34 of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of California, the consideration of which should not await final enactment of the Budget Bill.
I therefore recommend consideration of Assembly Bill No. 1942 as an emergency measure.
(See Exhibit B, #5, page 2294)