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Senate Bill 1751 (Montoya 1984)

Chapter 698, Statutes of 1984 - SB 1751

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As enacted Senate Bill 1751 amended, added, and repealed various sections of the Business and Professions Code relating to weights and measures.  (See Exhibit #1c)  Senator Montoya introduced the bill on February 13, 1984 at the request of the Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Measurement and Standards.  (See Exhibits #1a and #3, page 1)

Senate Bill 1751 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Business and Professions and the Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection and Toxic Materials where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #8)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Senate Committee on Finance and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.  (See Exhibit #2)  One amendment was made to Senate Bill 1751 during the legislative process.  (See Exhibits #1b and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor George Deukmejian signed Senate Bill 1751 on August 21, 1984, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on August 23, 1984 as Chapter 698 of the Statutes of 1984.  (See Exhibits #1c and #2)

The Legislative Analyst analysis provides the following digest of Senate Bill 1751 as it was last amended on June 4, 1984:


This bill revises various provisions of law relating to petroleum products.  Specifically, the bill:


1.  Extends the existing prohibition on false or misleading advertising to include the quality or quantity of petroleum products.  Under existing law, it is a misdemeanor to make any false or misleading advertisement regarding the price discount or savings on petroleum products.


2.  Removes existing registration requirements pertaining to antifreeze, brake fluid, and automotive transmission fluid.


3.  Requires gasoline manufacturers and distributors to certify the minimum octane or antiknock index number on gasoline they distribute.


In addition, the bill makes technical changes to:


1.  Provisions regulating the transportation and delivery of petroleum products by tank vehicles and


2.  Price sign advertising requirements relating to motor fuel and oil.

(See Exhibit #5b, pages 1 and 2)