ASSEMBLY BILL 3020 (BOWLER – 1996)
CHAPTER 1154, STATUTES OF 1996 AB 3020
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Code of Civil Procedure section 564, Government Code sections 19993.7 and 65088.5, several Health and Safety Code sections, Public Utilities Code sections 5259.5, 5374, 21687, and 103222, several Streets and Highways Code sections, and numerous Vehicle Code sections were affected with the passage of Assembly Bill 3020 of 1996. (See Exhibits #1a through #1f) Assembly member Larry Bowler introduced Assembly Bill 3020 as the Transportation Omnibus Act on February 23, 1996. (See Exhibit #1a)
Assembly Bill 3020 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #3) After approval by that Committee, the Assembly Committee on Appropriations examined its fiscal ramifications. (See Exhibit #5) The Assembly amended the bill on April 18 and May 7, 1996. (See Exhibit #1b and #1c) Assembly Bill 3020 was approved by the Assembly and forwarded to the Senate on May 29, 1996. (See Exhibit #2)
While in the Senate, the Senate Committee on Transportation considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit #8) Subsequent to approval by that Committee, the measure was assigned to the Senate Committee on Appropriations which examined its fiscal implications. (See Exhibit #2) Three amendments were made to Assembly Bill 3020 by the Senate, on June 18, July 10, and August 22, 1996. (See Exhibits #1d through #1f) The Senate thereafter approved the bill and returned it to the Assembly. (See Exhibit #2)
The Assembly approved the Senate amendments, and Assembly Bill 3020 was forwarded to the Governor on September 20, 1996. Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on September 30, 1996, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that date as Chapter 1154 of the Statutes of 1996. (See Exhibits #1g and #2)
Assembly Bill 3020 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to become effective immediately upon enactment. The urgency clause, found in Section 92 of Chapter 1154, stated the reason for the urgency as follows:
In order to put into effect as quickly as possible certain statutory changes that need to become effective for the orderly administration of transportation and vehicle laws as quickly as possible, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.
(See Exhibit #1g, pages 78 and 79)
The California Highway Patrol, in its Enrolled Bill Report on Assembly Bill 3020, described the measure as the Omnibus Transportation Act of 1996,” which “would make numerous, non-controversial changes to various provisions of existing statutes.” (See Exhibit #11, document PE-13)