ASSEMBLY BILL 1441 (FLOYD – 1987)
CHAPTER 1420, STATUTES OF 1987
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The California False Claims Act was adopted in 1987 as Government Code sections 12650 through 12655, following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 1441. (See Exhibit #1g) Assembly member Richard Floyd introduced this measure on March 4, 1987 at the request of the Center for Law in the Public Interest (CLPI). (See Exhibits #1a and #3a, page 2)
Assembly Bill 1441 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary for consideration of the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit #3) After approval by that Committee, the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means examined its fiscal ramifications. (See Exhibit #5) The Assembly amended the bill on April 29 and May 18, 1987. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Assembly Bill 1441 was approved by the Assembly and forwarded to the Senate on June 25, 1987. (See Exhibit #2)
While in the Senate, the Committee on Judiciary considered the policy issues presented by the bill. (See Exhibit #7) Subsequent to approval by that Committee, Assembly Bill 1441 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Appropriations which examined its fiscal implications. (See Exhibit #2) Three amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1441 by the Senate, on July 9, August 18, and September 8, 1987. (See Exhibits #1d through #1f and #2) The Senate voted to pass the bill on September 1, 1987, and it was returned to the Assembly. (See Exhibit #2)
The Assembly approved the Senate amendments and forwarded the bill to the Governor on September 18, 1987. Assembly Bill 1441 was signed by Governor George Deukmejian on September 30, 1987, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 1420 of the Statutes of 1987. (See Exhibits #1g and #2)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses produced a Third Reading analysis of the bill as last amended that summarized Assembly Bill 1441 as follows:
This bill would make any person liable to the state or a political subdivision for treble damages and may be liable to the state for a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each false claim.
(See Exhibit #11b, page 1)