1. Get Informed
1. Get Informed
Arm yourself with knowledge and information about the issues that concern you. As an informed citizen, you will have a much greater ability to argue your point of view. Here are some sources of information that you can tap into.
The Legislative Bill Room
The Legislative Bill Room is located in the basement of the Capitol. It serves as the liaison between the Office of State Printing, the Legislature, and the public. Here you can get copies of all bills and resolutions within the past two legislative sessions, or four years. You can receive up to 100 copies per year free of charge.
If you're interested in learning about the day-to-day activities of the Legislature, the Bill Room also makes these documents available to the general public.
The Daily Journals: You can read details of the Legislature's activities in each house's Daily Journal. These are the certified, official records of each day's proceedings.
The Daily Files: These files, one for each house, contain the daily agenda or calendar of business. They provide a day-by-day record of all actions taken on any given piece of legislation.
The Legislative Index and Table of Sections Affected: Used together, these two documents form a "bill finder." The Legislative Index provides an alphabetical index, by subject matter, of all legislation that has been introduced. The Table of Sections Affected lists alphabetically, by code, all sections that are added to, deleted from, or amended in proposed legislation.
The Analysis of the Budget Bill: The legislative analyst prepares this document, which contains a detailed critique of the administration's proposed budget. You can also find out about current legislation through the Internet.
California State Archives
The California State Archives collects, catalogs, preserves, and provides access to the historic records of state government and some local governments. The archived collections document the broad scope of California government and its impact on the people of the state. Over 65,000 cubic feet of records of all types are represented including millions of documents and bound volumes; 20,000 maps and architectural drawings; 250,000 photographs; 7,500 video and audio tapes; and hundreds of artifacts.
Use the California Digital Library link to search the Archives' collections on the Internet.
Government Policy Sources
Learn about the issues the Governor is addressing while in office. Much of the legislative work of the state takes place in committees. Find out what bills the Assembly Committees and Senate Committees are addressing.