SENATE BILL 1501 (MARKS – 1994)
CHAPTER 541, STATUTES OF 1994
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As enacted, Senate Bill 1501 was a single-section bill that amended only Penal Code section 640. (See Exhibit #1e) Senator Milton Marks introduced the bill on February 15, 1994. (See Exhibit #1a) One document stated that the source of the bill was the Sacramento Regional Transit District; however, the majority of the documents stated that it was the Bay Area Rapid Transit. (See Exhibits #3, page 1; #4, documents SP-8 and SP-9; #6a, page 1)
Senate Bill 1501 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Pubic Safety 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 Appropriations and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. (See Exhibits #2 and #10) Three amendments were made to Senate Bill 1501. (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed Senate Bill 1501 on September 11, 1994, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 12, 1994 as Chapter 541 of the Statutes of 1994. (See Exhibits #1e and #2)
The Unfinished Business analysis prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses summarizes Senate Bill 1501 as it was last amended on July 1, 1994, stating, “expands the statute prohibiting specified acts committed on or in a facility or vehicle of a public transportation system.” (See Exhibit #12, page 1) This analysis then listed the specific acts prohibited by the bill. (Id. at page 2)