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Senate Bill 551 (Deukmejian-1970)

Chapter 1607, Statutes of 1970

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The Summary Digest of Statutes Enacted described the last amended version of Senate Bill 551 as follows:

Makes it a trespass to drive any vehicle, as defined, upon real property belonging to or lawfully occupied by another and known not to be open to the general public, without the consent of the owner, his agent, or the person in lawful possession thereof; or to refuse or fail to leave land, real property, or structures belonging to or lawfully occupied by another and not open to the general public, upon being requested to leave by a peace officer and any such person.
(See Exhibit #6, page 234)

The legislative bill file for the Senate Committee on Judiciary contained an analysis by the sponsor, the City of Los Angeles, that explained the purpose of this bill as follows:

The Citys goal in sponsoring this proposal is to expand the scope and application of trespass laws to insure that the rights of the individual property owner are adequately protected. The proposal seeks to make clear that either entering or remaining upon private land for camping, driving or other specific purposes constitutes trespassing unless consent was obtained from the owner of the property.
(See Exhibit #4, document SP-2)

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