Assembly Bill 2538 (Maloney – 1939)
Chapter 1096, Statutes of 1939
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As enacted Assembly Bill 2538 was a single-section bill that amended Labor Code section 203 only. (See Exhibit #1b) Assembly Bill 2538 was introduced by Assembly member Thomas A. Maloney on January 25, 1939. (See Exhibit #1a) Assembly member Maloney was an insurance agent representing a district in San Francisco. (See Exhibit #5, page 16) He did not serve on the Assembly Committee on Labor and Capital, which was the first committee to review this bill. (See Exhibits #1a and #5)
Assembly Bill 2538 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Capital and the Senate Committee on Labor and Capital where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) No amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2538 during the legislative process. (See Exhibit #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Culbert L. Olson signed the bill on July 25, 1939, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 1096 of the Statutes of 1939. (See Exhibits #1b and #2)
The Legislative Digest described Assembly Bill 2538 as follows: “Amends Sec. 203, Lab. C., providing period within which suit may be filed for penalties re failure to pay wages.” (See Exhibit #3, page 420)