CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE HISTORY INFORMATION
California legislative histories are almost never available compiled and ready for the researcher. While much information is available on the internet, there are many additional places to search. As a first stop, the LA Law Library has many resources to help a researcher.
California Legislative History Checklist
Legislative History Steps
Search both Deering’s and West’s Annotated California Codes
Located in Reference area
In print volumes, review both hardbound volume and pocket part
Determine year of enactment and chapter number in Statutory History
Examine and pursue any relevant annotations
Search chaptered law in the Statutes and Amendments of the Codes
Determine bill number and author
Check Shepard’s California Citations
Search the legislative index or Table of Sections Affected
Statutes can be derived from a number of bills, not merely the final bill
Check for similar bills in prior sessions
Index available from 1993 – present
Review the Assembly or Senate Final History
Recent years located in Alcove 8, for other years, ask at the Reference desk
Determine the progress of the bill from introduction to signature
Identify committees that examined the bill
Review the Journal of the Assembly or the Journal of the Senate
Examine all versions of the bill as introduced and subsequently amended.
Consult the annual review of selected California legislation.
Search any reports, hearing, and debates.
Ask at the Reference Desk for indices
Hearings are held only for selective bills and are for investigative purposes
No regular distribution of hearings, so copies may be sporadic
Transcripts of hearings after 1945 have been collected, by various libraries, with greater reliability
Review other sources as necessary.
1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Contract with a commercial Legislative Service: For a fee, legislative histories may be compiled.
Search the California State Library Catalog. Additional hearings and reports may be found
California Legislative Information Page
LINKS TO OTHER PATHFINDERS
In addition, you may find links to additional pathfinders here.