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As enacted, Assembly Bill 156 added a new Article 5 entitled “Regulation of Local Agencies by Counties and Cities” to Chapter 1, Part I, Division 2, Title 5 of the Government Code, consisting of new sections 53090 through 53095.  (See Exhibit A, #1f)  Assembly Bill 156 was introduced by Assembly member William Biddick on January 12, 1959.  (See Exhibit A, #la and #1f) 


While before the Assembly, the bill was heard in the Committee on Municipal and County Government and the Committee on Ways and Means.  (See Exhibit A, #2)  On the Senate side, the measure was considered by the Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Finance.  (See Exhibit A, #2)  The bill was amended four times while it was before the Legislature.  (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1e and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Assembly Bill 156 was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown and was chaptered by the Secretary of State as Chapter 2110 of the Statutes of 1959.  (See Exhibit A, #1f and #2)


The Legislative Analyst prepared an analysis of Assembly Bill 156 as amended on May 22, 1959 that described the bill, in part, as follows:


This bill by adding Sections 53090 through 53093 to the Government Code would require local agencies, such as water districts, irrigation districts, recreation districts and school districts under certain conditions, but not including cities, counties, or the San Francisco Port Authority to comply with all applicable building and zoning ordinances of the city or county in which the territory of the local agency is situated.


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            Section 53094 permits a school district to exempt itself from zoning ordinances under certain conditions and permits the zoning authority to sue in Superior Court for declaratory relief.

(See Exhibit A, #3)