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THE

CODES OF CALIFORNIA

AS AMENDED AND IN FORCE AT THE CLOSE OF
THE THIRTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE

LEGISLATURE, 1905

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Phoenix-like, the Political Code rises from the fire. It would have been ready for distribution April 24th had it not been for the disastrous conflagration. The entire issue was in the bindery and burned on April 18th. By a remarkable stroke of good fortune, supplemented by considerable energy and a little coolheadedness, we got the plates out of the press-room and away from the rapidly advancing flames to a place of security, saving everything except the Contents, Foreword, and Index.

The fierceness and wide sweep of the fire licked up all typesetting machines, all printing presses, all foundry plants, all binding plants, all stock of suitable book-paper in San Francisco. Inability to get either of these, or to get any kind of work done on the Political Code, is the only reason that caused the delay in its publication.

The Code of Civil Procedure was running through the press at the time of the fire. Some of the plates of that code were destroyed, but the "copy" was all saved, so that nothing had to be reproduced. The book is now being rapidly reset, and the final volume in the series will be issued with the least possible delay. Had not the fire supervened, the Code of Civil Procedure would have been ready for delivery the first of August.

The calamity was great, appalling in fact; our loss was heavy, including one of the finest editorial libraries in the whole country; but the completion of the California Codes, as undertaken, will not be interfered with, further than the delay incident by the loss of everything that enters into the making of a law-book in the entire city of San Francisco, and the installing of new machinery.

Additions and amendments by legislature in 1906, in extraordinary session, to the Political Code, are all found in an appendix hereto. The legislature added sections 597a, 1696a, 1892, and 4248; it amended sections 630, 1617, 1636, 1670, 2524, 2528, 3705, and 3764. At the same session of the legislature sections 297a, 365, and 3415 were added to the Civil Code. These will be found as inserts in the reprint from the plates of that code. Sections 901a and 1855a were added to the Code of Civil Procedure, and sections 337, 339, 954, 1054, and 1238 of that code amended. These will be found inserted in their proper places in that code, which is now in press. Several new and important statutes were enacted, and some old laws amended. These will all be found in an appendix to the reprint from the plates of Henning's General Laws. San Francisco, Cal., August 3, 1906.

JAMES M. KERR.

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TITLE OF THE ACT

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PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

PART I. OF THE SOVEREIGNTY AND PEOPLE OF THE STATE, AND OF

THE POLITICAL RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF ALL PERSONS SUB-

JECT TO ITS JURISDICTION

23

Title I. Sovereignty of the state

23

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Chapter 1. Residence of sovereignty

II. Territorial jurisdiction of the state

25

III. General rights of the state over persons

26

IV. General rights of the state over property

27

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Title II. Persons composing the people of the state......

III. Political rights and duties of all persons subject to the jurisdiction of

the state

31

PART II. OF THE CHIEF POLITICAL DIVISIONS, SEAT OF GOVERNMENT,

AND LEGAL DISTANCES OF THE STATE

35

Title I. Chief political divisions of the state

35

Chapter I. Counties

35

II. Senatorial districts

35

III. Congressional districts

35

IV. Judicial districts

Title II. Seat of government

35

III. Legal distances in the state

36

PART III. OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE

43

Title I. Public officers

43

Chapter 1. Classification of public officers

43

II. Legislative officers

46

Article I. Number, designation, term of office, and election of members

of the legislature ..

II. Meeting and organization of the legislature

50

III. Number, designation, and appointment of officers and em.

ployees of the legislature

52

IV. Powers and duties of the officers and employees of the

legislature

54

V. Compensation of members, officers, and employees of the

legislature

56

VI. Contesting elections for members of the legislature.

58

VII. Contesting the election for governor or lieutenant-governor...

VIII. Attendance and examination of witnesses before the legisla-

ture and committees thereof

61

IX. Enactment of statutes

62

X. Promulgation of statutes

64

XI. Operation of statutes

64

XII. Public reports

69

Chapter III. Executive officers

70

Article I. Classification, number, and designation of executive officers... 70

II. The mode of election or appointment and term of office of

civil executive officers

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