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California’s Named Legislative Acts

Now, a bill may not add a short title that names a current or former Member of the Legislature

By Chris Micheli, April 5, 2022 6:30 am

Prior to adoption of Joint Rule 10.6, the California Legislature named Acts after the legislator(s) who principally authored those Acts. Joint Rule 10.6. provides: “A bill may not add a short title that names a current or former Member of the Legislature.”

Prior to this Joint Rule, many important legislative enactments were named after legislators. Among these enactments are the following:

Knox-Keene Health Care Services Plan Act of 1975

Ralph M. Brown Act

Moscone-Knox Professional Corporation Act

Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000

Hertzberg-Alarcon California Prevention of Terrorism Act

Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2002 (Shelley-Hertzberg Act)

Dills-Bronzan Winegrowers Joint Commission Act of 1986

Ralph C. Dills Act

“Meyers-Milias-Brown Act.”

Brown-Presley Trial Court Funding Act

Song-Brown Family Physician Training Act

Moore-Brown-Roberti Family Rights Act 

 Z’berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973

Collier-Z’berg Act

Chappie-Z’berg Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Law of 1971

Roberti-Z’berg-Harris Urban Open-Space and Recreation Program Act

Z’berg-Collier Park Bond Act

Z’berg-Warren-Keene-Collier Forest Taxation Reform Act

Keene-Nielsen Fisheries Restoration Act of 1985

Keene-Nejedly California Wetlands Preservation Act

Collier-Keene State Hostel Facilities Act

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act

Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act

N. Waters-Nielsen-Vuich-Berryhill Foreign Market Development Export Incentive Program for California Agriculture Act.

Bergeson-Costa-Nielsen County Revenue Stabilization Act of 1987

The above legislative enactments are just a sampling of those that can be found in California’s 29 Codes.

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  1. I’d like to add one to the list. The Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act 1973. It establishes the measurement standard that if a certain portion of the population speaks a specific language, government documents to be provided in that language. Somehow that does not apply or is being ignored by CalRecycle by not providing regulations in other languages for participants providing services to the state and the public.

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