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SENATE BILL 21 (1991)


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Sections relating to trial court funding were affected in 1991 following legislative passage of Senate Bill 21.  (See Exhibit #1e)  This bill was originally introduced by Senator Milton Marks to address taxation and alcoholic beverages, but the bill was later gutted and amended to address trial court funding.  (See Exhibit #1d)  At that time, Senator Marks was removed as author without substitution.  (Id.)


Senate Bill 21 was assigned to the Senate Committee Revenue and Taxation and then to the Assembly Committee Revenue and Taxation and the Assembly Committee on Local Government, where the policy issues raised by the bill, as originally introduced and then as later completely rewritten, were considered by these three committees.  (See Exhibits #2, #3, #10 and #11)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  (See Exhibit #5)  Three amendments were made to Senate Bill 21.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed Senate Bill 21 on August 5, 1991 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 331 of the Statutes of 1991.  (See Exhibit #1e)


Senate Bill 21 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into immediate effect.  The reason for this urgency can be found in section 11 of Chapter 331.


The Third Reading analysis of Senate Bill 21 as last amended that was prepared by the Assembly Committee on Local Government described the bill as follows:


Because the $205 million in state General Fund support of trial courts was omitted in the 1991-92 Budget and will not be funded from the state reserve, this bill appropriates $205.385 million from the state General Fund to fill this gap in funding for trial courts.  This bill also contains provisions for directing revenues from several sources to the state General Fund to fund a portion of the $205.3885 [sic] million appropriation as follows:  . . . .

(See Exhibit #12b, page 3)