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Government Code sections 14536, 14552.2, 14556.1 and 14556.6 were amended; Government Code sections 14556.7, 14556.8, and 14556.9 were added and repealed; and Revenue and Taxation Code sections 7102 and 7104 were amended in 2001 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 438.  (See Exhibit A, #1d)  This bill was introduced on February 20, 2001 by the Assembly Committee on Budget as a “spot bill.”  (See Exhibit A, #1a)  “Spot Bills” are basically “bookmarks” for a later incorporation of a lengthier legislative proposal once its terms are finalized.  It assures that legislative time frames for the introduction and consideration of bills are timely met.


Assembly Bill 438 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Budget where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibit A, #3)  Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 438.  (See Exhibit A, #1b, #1c, and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed the bill on July 30, 2001 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 113 of the Statutes of 2001.  (See Exhibit A, #1d)


Assembly Bill 438 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into immediate effect.  The reason for this urgency can be found in section 12 of Chapter 113.


The Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 438 as last amended on July 20, 2001 described this bill as follows:


DIGEST:  This bill defers the shifting of sales tax revenues from the General Fund to the Transportation Congestion Relief Program for two year and extends the program for two years. 

(See Exhibit A, #5, page 1)