Assembly Bill 2222 (Sher – 1989)
Chapter 615, Statutes of 1989 - AB 2222
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Penal Code section 832.7 was amended in 1989 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 2222, a single-section bill that proposed only to amend section 832.7. (See Exhibits #1a through #1d) This bill was introduced on March 10, 1989 by Assembly member Byron Sher at the request of the Palo Alto City Attorney. (See Exhibits #1a and #8, page 1)
During its passage through the Legislature, Assembly Bill 2222 was before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. (See Exhibits #3 and #5) In the Senate, the bill was heard in the Senate Committee on Judiciary. (See Exhibit #8) This bill was amended twice as it was considered by both Houses. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c and #2) Following Assembly and Senate approval, the bill was signed by Governor George Deukmejian and enacted into law as Chapter 615 of the Statutes of 1989. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
As last amended on August 22, 1989, Assembly Bill 2222 was described in the Third Reading Analysis of the Office of Senate Floor Analyses as follows:
Digest: This bill would authorize police agencies to release summary and/or statistical data regarding complaints filled against officers and the dispositions of those complaints.
This bill would allow a police agency to notify a complaining party of the disposition of that party’s complaint against a peace officer.
(See Exhibit #11, page 1)