Researching California statutory law, and its legislative history, can be a considerably more complex process than doing the same in federal law. This research guide aims to gives students a research framework on how to retrieve state legislative documents.
If you need information on a legislative document that is still pending in either the Assembly or State House you will often have to look within the journal for the respective chamber.
California Official Legislative Information (check here first!!)
Has the current status for bills in either chamber.
Each chamber also publishes a record of major actions on each bill to date. It also includes a numerical list of bills, showing author, title, and action taken.
Senate Weekly History
KFC 14 C298s
Senate Final History
KFC 14 C31s
Assembly Weekly History
KFC 14 C315a
Assembly Final History
KFC 14 C31a
After a bill has passed it is filed with the Secretary of State to be chaptered. Each bill is given a separate chapter number. California session laws are available in the following sources. Remember that the government source of session laws, Statutes and Amendments to the Code, has a very long lag behind the commercial publishers.
Statutes and Amendments to the Code
KFC 25 A24 California Collection
Advance Legislative Service to Deering's California Code Annotated
KFC 25 C302 California Collection
California Legislative Service (West)
KFC 25 C301 California Collection
The California code is available with annotations from two commercial publishers -- Bancroft Whitney and WestLaw. Unlike federal code, there is no "official" set of code published by the government.
Deering's California Code Annotated
KFC 30.5.D4 C52 California Collection (organized by title)
West's Annotated California Codes
KFC 30.5 W4
California Legislative Counsel (Official California Legislative Information)
Contains an electronic version of the current code.
If you are looking for committee reports, expert testimony, or hearing please speak with a law librarian. If you are needing to do a California legislative history refer to the research guide on California Legislative Intent.