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Assembly Bill 2801 (Committee on Judiciary 1998)

Chapter 581, Statutes of 1998

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As enacted Assembly Bill 2801 amended various sections of the Code of Civil Procedure, Family Code, and Probate Code. (See Exhibit #1d)  The Assembly Committee on Judiciary introduced the measure on March 9, 1998 as an omnibus family law and probate bill.  (See Exhibits #1a and #8)  The Judicial Council of California, the Estate Planning and Probate Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Assembly Committee were listed as the sources of the bill.  (See Exhibit #9, document SP-1)    

Assembly Bill 2801 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #8)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  (See Exhibits #2 and #5)  Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2801 during the legislative process.  (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2)  Following legislative approval in both Houses of the Legislature, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on September 18, 1998, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State the following day as Chapter 581 of the Statutes of 1998.  (See Exhibits #1d and #2) 

A summary description of Assembly Bill 2801 is provided in the 1998 Digest of Legislation prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses that stated: 

Provides for the annual omnibus family law and probate bill, which makes various technical and non-controversial changes to the Family, Probate and Civil Procedure Codes.

(See Exhibit #13, page 275)