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HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS This paper deals with how bills in the state of California become laws otherwise known as the Legislative Process It will trace the process of a bill from the inception of an idea to the outcome on a particular bill Since I am majoring in Electronics Technology Computer Repair here at American River College I have chosen a bill related to that field This bill is Assembly Bill 1710 Liability and computer failures The failure being referred to deals with year 2000 date change problem or Y2K as it has been come to known The Y2K problem is that of information processing using the incorrect date as a parameter In order to save on hard disk space and the size number of bytes or kilobytes of software it was decided to only refer to the YEAR part of the date without the 19 Therefore the date would read as follows ddmmyy eg 021298 On the turn of the century the date parameter will read as follows 030100 and the software will misinterpret it as the 3rd of January 1900 and not 2000 This style of programming was adapted and has been used for the past 30 years and up until now Most financial software purchased by financial institutions was developed using the Cobol Common Business Oriented Language with the date parameter used incorrectly or only applicable in the 20th century using the last two digits of the year This makes most of the worlds financial software inadequate and incorrect for the new millenium How is that The date parameter is used in the incorrect format in various crucial calculations such as calculating interest on bonds and pension funds Hence 30 years
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