SENATE BILL 213 (GREENE – 1979)
CHAPTER 966, STATUTES OF 1979 - SB 213
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Penal Code section 4021 was amended in 1979 following legislative passage of Senate Bill 213, which affected only this section. (See Exhibit #1d) This bill was introduced on January 16, 1979 by Senator Bill Greene at the request of the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO. (See Exhibits #1a and #8, document PE-2)
Senate Bill 213 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #5) Two amendments were made to Senate Bill 213. (See Exhibits #1b and #1c and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed Senate Bill 213 on September 22, 1979, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 966 of the Statutes of 1979. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
The Department of Corrections prepared an Enrolled Bill Report for the Governor that described Senate Bill 213 as last amended as follows:
Adds that it is unlawful for any “station officer” of the opposite sex to search jail prisoners or enter their occupied cells unless accompanied by a deputy sheriff of the same sex as the prisoner; provides that such requirement shall not be used as the basis to sexually discriminate against the employment or assignment of any officer, station officer or jailer.
(See Exhibit #8, document PE-6)