1. IdeaAll legislation begins as an idea. Ideas can come from anyone. The process begins when someone persuades a Senator or Assembly Member to author a bill. Both Assembly Members and Senators are limited to introducing forty bills per two-year session.
A legislator, who acts as the author, sends the idea and language for the bill to the Legislative Counsel where it is drafted into the actual bill. The California State Constitution provides that every act shall only embrace but one subject and that subject must be expressed in the title of the measure. Also, every law must contain the enacting clause: “The people of the State of California do enact as follows.” The drafted bill is returned to the legislator for introduction. When the author wishes to introduce the bill, he or she delivers it to the Chief Clerk or Secretary who gives the bill a number.