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CHAPTER 304, STATUTES OF 1985 - AB 543

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Code of Civil Procedure section 129, Government Code sections 27491, 27491.1, 27491.2 and 27491.3, and Health and Safety Code section 10250 were amended in 1985 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 543.  (See Exhibit #1c)  This bill was introduced by Assembly member Steve Clute on February 4, 1985 at the request of the California State Coroners’ Association.  (See Exhibits #1a and #3, page 1)


Assembly Bill 543 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibit #3)  After approval by that Committee, the Assembly Committee on Ways Means examined its fiscal ramifications.  (See Exhibit #2)  The Assembly amended the bill on March 28, 1985.  (See Exhibits #1b and #2)  Assembly Bill 543 was approved by the Assembly and forwarded to the Senate on May 2, 1985.  (See Exhibit #2)


While in the Senate, the Committee on Judiciary considered the policy issues raised by the bill.  (See Exhibit #6)  Subsequent to approval by that Committee, the measure was assigned to the Senate Committee on Appropriations which examined its fiscal implications.  (See Exhibit #2)  The Senate approved the bill without amendment and returned it to the Assembly.  (See Exhibit #2)



Assembly Bill 543 was thereafter forwarded to Governor George Deukmejian on July 19, 1985 and it was signed on July 29, 1985.  The Secretary of State recorded Assembly Bill 543 on July 29, 1985 as Chapter 304 of the Statutes of 1985.  (See Exhibit #1c and #2)


The Consent analysis of Assembly Bill 543 prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses described Assembly Bill 543 as a bill that “. . . revises various provisions of current law relating to the duties of a coroner.”  (See Exhibit #9)