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California Legislative History Research Guide: Home


Few California legislative history documents are published and disseminated.  This guide details the eight steps involved in researching the legislative history of a California statute. It also lists additional sources to check for legislative history materials. Click on the tabs above to learn about each step.

Steps for Researching California Legislative History

  • Step 1: Locate the Code Section
  • Step 2: Find the Session Law
  • Step 3: Locate the Bill Number
  • Step 4: Locate the Bill Versions
  • Step 5Read Analysis and Committee Files
  • Step 6Locate and Review the Governor's Bill File
  • Step 7Analyze the Senate and Assembly Journals
  • Step 8: Check the Final History or Calendar
  • Additional Sources

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