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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)