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As enacted, Assembly Bill 1178 amended section 17533.6 of, and added sections 17537.8 and 17537.9 to, the Business and Professions Code, relating to unfair practices.  (See Exhibit #1f) Assembly Bill 1178 was introduced by Assembly member Davis on February 28, 1997.  (See Exhibit #1a)  In the Assembly, the bill was first referred to the Assembly Committee on Health and then later referred to the Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency, and Economic Development.  (See Exhibits #2 and #3) 


While in the Senate the bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibit #7)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Appropriations   (See Exhibits #2 and #4) Four amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1178.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) 


Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on August 8, 1997, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that date as Chapter 249 of the Statutes of 1997.  (See Exhibits #1f and #2) 


The Office of Senate Floor Analyses’ Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 1178 provides the following summary of the bill as last amended on July 15, 1997:


This bill prohibits deceptive advertising practices related to an offer to file either a property tax homeowners’ exemption, or a property tax assessment appeal.  Examples of misleading statements include representations that a fee is required in order to receive a homeowners’ exemption, or that the advertised service is connected with any government entity.

(See Exhibit #9, page 1)