California Legislative Intent

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

Legislative Analysts Office

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has provided fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature for more than 70 years. It is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget. The office serves as the "eyes and ears" for the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch is implementing legislative policy in a cost efficient and effective manner.

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Electronic Sources

Lexis:

CA Legislative Committee Analysis of Pending Bills

Lexis has materials from 1990 to the present.  Information is written by the staff of the committees of the California State Legislature and is designed for people who need a convenient, time-saving way to analyze the intent of a piece of legislation and summarize the activity taken on the bill in the committee.

 WestLaw:

California Committee Analyses

This database contains the full-text of all available analyses for California bills introduced during current legislative sessions.  Each committee analysis is a document.

 

Internet Sources

Official California Legislative Information -- http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

Produced by the Legislative Counsel, this website provides access to:

  • Bill information from the '93-'94 session
  • Bill searching by number, author/sponsor, or keyword
  • Status of bill and bill history
  • Bill summary
  • Committee reports and votes
  • Analysis -- bill summary, fiscal affect and comments

PDF versions of the daily file, legislative index, table of sections affected, agency report and bill text are also available


California State Assembly -- http://www.assembly.ca.gov

Site  has information on members, committee directory, calendar and caucus and links to executive agencies such as Office of Governor, Department of Motor Vehicles, etc.


California State Senate -- http://www.sen.ca.gov

Site has information on individual senators, committee membership, and caucus.

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