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SENATE BILL 2093 (ROBERTI 1978)

CHAPTER 891, STATUTES OF 1978, SB 2093

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As enacted Senate Bill 2093 affected various Health and Safety Code sections and Welfare and Institutions Code sections relating to residential care facilities.  (See Exhibit #1h)  Senator David A. Roberti introduced Senate Bill 2093 on April 3, 1978.  (See Exhibit #1a) Senate Bill 2093 was sponsored by the California Association for the Retarded.  (See Exhibit #11, documents PE-21 and PE-22)

Senate Bill 2093 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and the Subcommittee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #7)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Senate Committee on Finance and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.  (See Exhibits #2 and #8)  Six amendments were made to Senate Bill 2093 during legislative consideration.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1g and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed Senate Bill 2093 on September 19th, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 891 of the Statutes of 1978.  (See Exhibits #1h and #2)  

Senate Bill 2093 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into immediate effect.  The reason for this urgency can be found in section 7 of Chapter 891.  (See Exhibit #1h, page 586)

Background information regarding the need for Senate Bill 2093 was set forth in the analysis prepared by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, the first Committee hearing the bill.  (See Exhibit #3)  The analysis stated, in part:

. . . In 1970 the Assembly Select Committee on Mentally Ill and Handicapped Children conducted a study of the state’s services being provided to such children.  A number of bills were introduced as a result of this study, including AB 2406, Landerman (Chap. 1219/70) which established the statewide policy that “the use of property for the care of six or fewer mentally disordered or otherwise handicapped persons is a residential use of such property for the purpose of zoning.”