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Senate Bill 1650 (Mello 1996)

Chapter 178, Statutes of 1996

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Several Probate Code sections relating to legal mental capacity were affected in 1996 following legislative passage of Senate Bill 1650.  (See Exhibit #1b)  Assembly member Henry J. Mello introduced the legislation on February 20, 1996 at the request of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law section of the California State Bar.  (See Exhibits #1a; #4, document SP-1; and #9, document PE-7)

Senate Bill 1650 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #7)  No amendments were proposed to Senate Bill 1650 during the legislative process.  (See Exhibits #1 and #2)  Subsequent to unanimous legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed Senate Bill 1650 on July 16, 1996, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on July 17, 1996 as Chapter 178 of the Statutes of 1996.  (See Exhibits #1b and #2

The 1996 Digest of Significant Legislation prepared by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses provides the following description of Senate Bill 1650:  “Makes various technical and grammatical changes to the law regarding legal mental capacity.”  (See Exhibit #10)