Assembly Bill 1859 (Waldie-1961)
Chapter 1876, Statutes of 1961 - AB 1859
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Government Code sections 31691 and 31692 were added in 1961 following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 1859, which only affected these two sections. (See Exhibit #1d) Assembly Bill 1859 was introduced on February 22, 1961by Assembly member Jerome R. Waldie, an attorney from Antioch, representing Contra Costa County. (See Exhibits #1a and #7)
While before the Legislature, the measure was considered by the Assembly Committee on Municipal and County Government and the Senate Committee on Local Government. (See Exhibit #2) Assembly Bill 1859 was amended twice before being approved by the Legislature. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c and #2) Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1859 on July 15, 1961, and it was recorded on that date as Chapter 1876 of the Statutes of 1961. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
When neither of the committees hearing this bill nor its author have left documentation surviving upon its consideration, we find that the post-enrollment legislative bill file for the Governor may provide the most useful documents. (See generally, Exhibit #3) 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.)
Legislative Counsel described Assembly Bill 1859 after its passage as a bill that:
Authorizes board of supervisors or governing board of district under County Employees Retirement Law to pay all or part of premium or consideration for life or disability insurance policy or hospital or medical service contract for benefit of members of system heretofore or hereafter retired. Specifies that at least one of the plans shall include free choice of physician and surgeon. Permits board or governing body to alter or repeal at any time ordinance or resolution granting such benefits.
(See Exhibit #4, page 228)