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Senate Bill 505 (Ellis 1985)

Chapter 1509, Statutes of 1985 - SB 505

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As enacted in 1985, Senate Bill 505 added only sections 7060 through 7060.7 to the Government Code.  (See Exhibit #1i)  Senator Jim Ellis introduced this measure on February 20, 1985 at the request of the California Association of Realtors.  (See Exhibits #1a and #3a, page 1) 

Senate Bill 505 was assigned to the Senate and Assembly Committees on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #8)  Regarding fiscal matters the Senate Committee on Finance and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means heard the bill.  (See Exhibits #2 and #10)  Senate Bill 505 was amended six times, four times in the Senate and twice in the Assembly.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1g and #2)  The Senate did not adopt the Assembly amendments to its bill, so the measure was sent to a Conference Committee.  (See Exhibit #2) The purpose of a Conference Committee is to bring together six legislators, three from each House, in an attempt to reach a compromise on the language of the bill where there is a refusal to accept amendments. 

The Conference Committee on Senate Bill 505 made amendments to the bill which were accepted by the Legislature.  (See Exhibits #1h and #2)  Senate Bill 505 was approved by Governor George Deukmejian on October 2, 1985, and recorded on that date by the Secretary of State as Chapter 1509 of the Statutes of 1985.  (See Exhibits #1i and #2)

The Conference Completed analysis prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses provided the following digest of Senate Bill 505 as follows:

DIGEST:  This bill would prohibit a public agency from enacting, or implementing, legislation which would compel an owner of residential real property to continue to rent it.  In addition, the bill specifies that if withdrawn property is reoffered for rent or lease, the agency may impose rent controls, as specified, and require payment of damages to a displaced tenant. Bill becomes operative 7/1/86.  (See Analysis for details.)

(See Exhibit #14, page 1)