California Legislative Intent

This guide provides resources for doing research on determining legislative intent of bills passed by the California legislature.

Session Laws

West’s California Legislative Service (1970-  )
Arranged yearly by chaptered law number and may give the following information:

  • Chaptered law number,
  • The text of the law as passed,
  • Bill number and title and author,
  • Code citation
  • Included since 1972, the Legislative Counsel’s Digest

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Statutes and Amendments to the Code (1850- )
These are the official session laws arranged annually by chaptered law number. May include:

  • 10 year table of code sections affected,
  • Cross references from bill number to chaptered law number,
  • List of vetoed bills,
  • Bill number and title,
  • Law as passed,
  • Code citation.

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California Annotated Codes

Deering's California Codes Annotated
Annotations to code section will give chaptered law number and other legislative history sources including:

  • Opinions of the Legislative Counsel; (See under "Bill Texts, Reports and Studies below)
  • Opinions of the Attorney General;
  • Law Revision Commission

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West’s Annotated California Codes
Annotations will give chaptered law number and other legislative history sources including, since 1955, cites to:

  • Published reports in the Journals of the Senate and Assembly,
  • Law Revision Commission comments,
  • Legislative committees comments,
  • Code Commissioners notes,
  • Opinions of the Attorney General.

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West’s Superseded California Codes
These are older versions of the California Codes. They are arranged by subject and in alphabetical order. Some contain Pocket Parts. Useful for
determing the text of a Code in particular year.


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