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Government Code - GOV

TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 3. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT [11000 - 15986]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

PART 1. STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES [11000 - 11898]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

CHAPTER 2. State Departments [11150 - 11201]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

ARTICLE 1. General [11150 - 11162]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

11150.
  

It is the policy of this State to vest in the Governor the civil administration of the laws of the State and for the purpose of aiding the Governor in the execution and administration of the laws to divide the executive and administrative work into departments as provided by law.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11151.
  

Each department shall maintain an office and the director of each department who is a member of the Governor’s council shall reside at Sacramento. Each department shall adopt and keep an official seal.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11152.
  

Subject to the approval of the Governor, the head of each department may arrange and classify the work of the department and consolidate, abolish, or create divisions thereof. So far as consistent with law the head of each department may adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary to govern the activities of the department and may assign to its officers and employees such duties as he sees fit. For the betterment of the public service, he may reassign to any employees under the chief of any division, such duties as he sees fit.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11152.5.
  

Wherever, pursuant to this code, any state department, officer, board, agency, committee, or commission is authorized to adopt rules and regulations, such rules and regulations which are building standards, as defined in Section 18909 of the Health and Safety Code, shall be adopted pursuant to the provisions of Part 2.5 (commencing with Section 18901) of Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code unless the provisions of Sections 18930, 18933, 18938, 18940, 18943, 18944, and 18945 of the Health and Safety Code are expressly excepted in the provision of this code under which the authority to adopt the specific building standard is delegated. Any building standard adopted in violation of this section shall have no force or effect. Any building standard adopted prior to January 1, 1980, pursuant to this code and not expressly excepted by statute from such provisions of the State Building Standards Law shall remain in effect only until January 1, 1985, or until adopted, amended, or superseded by provisions published in the State Building Standards Code, whichever occurs sooner.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1152.)

11153.
  

Except as otherwise provided by law, each division of a department shall be in charge of a chief who shall be appointed by the head of the department and receive such compensation as is fixed according to law. When a new division is created and a new chief appointed the salary of the chief shall be fixed by the Governor until fixed by the Legislature and shall not exceed the compensation paid for like services.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11154.
  

Except as otherwise provided by law, the head of each department may, with the approval of the Governor, appoint such officers and employees as are necessary; and prescribe their duties, and fix their salaries in accordance with classifications made by the State Personnel Board.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11155.
  

The head of a department has no authority to obligate the State for salaries in excess of money available by law for that purpose.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11156.
  

In addition to any bonds required by the Director of General Services the head of each department may require any officer or employee in his department to execute an official bond in such amount as he determines.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)

11157.
  

The Attorney General is the legal adviser of each department in all matters relating to the department and to the powers and duties of its officers. Upon request of the head of a department, the Attorney General, or under his direction, the district attorney of any county in which the proceeding is brought, shall aid in any investigation, hearing, prosecution or trial had under the laws which the department is required to administer, and shall institute and prosecute all necessary actions or proceedings for the enforcement of such law and for the punishment of all violations thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11158.
  

The sheriffs in the several counties shall execute all lawful orders of a department in their counties.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 872, Sec. 39. Effective January 1, 1997.)

11159.
  

Whenever a department succeeds to and is vested with the duties, powers, purposes, responsibilities and jurisdiction of a State agency, deputy, employee, or employment, the name or designation of the State agency, deputy, employee, or employment and of its several members, officers, deputies and employees, when used in any law then in force or thereafter enacted, shall be construed to mean the department, as though the title of the department had been specifically set forth in the law.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11160.
  

Whenever a department is invested with the power and is charged with the duty of administering and enforcing any law which imposes a duty or jurisdiction or confers an authority upon any State agency, deputy or employee, to administer its provisions, the duty, jurisdiction, and authority are hereby imposed upon and transferred to the department and its officers, deputies and employees with the same effect as if the name of the department occurred in the law in each instance in lieu of the name of the State agency, the member, officer, deputy or employee, as the case may be.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11161.
  

Every person is subject to the same obligations and duties, and has the same rights as if the rights, powers and duties imposed upon and transferred to a department were exercised by the State agency, deputy or employee designated in the laws administered by departments created in conformity with this chapter. Every person is subject to the same penalties, civil or criminal, for failure to perform any obligation, or duty, or for doing a prohibited act as if the obligation or duty arose from or was prohibited by the State agency, deputy or employee, designated in the laws administered by the department.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

11162.
  

Every State officer, deputy and employee is subject to the same penalties, civil or criminal, for any offense as are prescribed by existing law for the same offense by any officer, deputy or employee whose powers or duties are devolved upon him under any law creating a new department. No law creating a new department affects any act done, ratified, or confirmed, or any right accrued or established, or any offense committed, or any action or proceeding had or commenced in a civil or criminal cause before such law takes effect; but such right may be enforced, offense punished and action or proceeding prosecuted and continued by the department having or acquiring jurisdiction of the subject matter to which such litigation or proceeding pertains, with the same effect as if the transfer of such rights powers, duties, responsibilities and jurisdiction had not been made to the department.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111.)

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