ASSEMBLY BILL 2384 (BADHAM – 1933)
CHAPTER 952, STATUTES OF 1933 - AB 2384
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Former Penal Code section 654a was amended by Assembly Bill 2384 in 1933, a bill only affecting this section. (See Exhibit #1b) Assemblyman Willard E. Badham introduced the measure on April 21, 1933. (See Exhibit #1a)
The Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary considered the policy issues raised by the bill. (See Exhibit #2) No amendments were made to the bill. (See Exhibit #2) Following approval by both Houses of the Legislature, Assembly Bill 2384 was signed by the Governor on June 5, becoming Chapter 952 of the Statutes of 1933. (See Exhibit #2)
Unfortunately, neither the author, the committee, nor the governor retained materials on the Legislature’s consideration of Assembly Bill 2384. The legislative materials available do not appear to offer an explanation for this specific language added to Penal Code Section 654a.
Assembly Bill 2384, it appears, was intended to regulate "comparative prices" to control abuses that had arisen. Western Advertising, a San Francisco trade association periodical for July 1933, contains an article by Gerald J. O'Gara, an attorney for the Better Business Bureau of San Francisco which discusses the two measures, stating: