Senate Bill 958 (Fletcher – 1943)
Chapter 134, Statutes of 1943
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The Government Code was partly established with the passage of Senate Bill 958 of 1943. (See Exhibit #1c) Senate members Fletcher and Burns introduced this codification measure on January 30, 1943. (See Exhibit #1a)
Senate Bill 958 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Governmental Efficiency and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) One amendment was made to Senate Bill 958. (See Exhibits #1b and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Earl Warren signed Senate Bill 958 on April 13, 1943 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 134 of the Statutes of 1943. (See Exhibit #1c)
Neither of the committees hearing this bill nor its author have left documentation surviving upon its consideration. In this case, we find that the post-enrollment legislative bill file for the Governor may provide the most useful documents. (See generally, Exhibit #5) It is through the materials located in the Governor’s file that you may be able to gain some insight into the intent of the legislation; furthermore, the information in these materials was presumably presented to the legislature by the writers who were participants in the legislative process. (Id.)
The Office of Legislative Counsel briefly discussed the new Government Code, as well as complementary measures to Senate Bill 958:
The Government Code. Assembles, codifies, and consolidates the law relating to the organization, operation and maintenance of a system of government for the State and its local units.
This bill (Senate Bill 958) and Senate Bills 912 to 918, inclusive, and Senate bill 920 constitute one series of bills for the first unit of the Code.
…Senate Bill 958 is the main code bill. If Senate Bill 958 is not approved, none of the other bills should be approved. The order of chaptering is immaterial.
(See Exhibit #5, document PE-4)