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California Legislative History Research Guide: Step 3. Bill

Locating the Bill

Locate the bill and all its versions to assess changes to the bill's language during the legislative process.

Studying the bill in all its versions is one of the best sources of legislative intent. Additions and deletions are indicated by italics and strikeout type. The text of each version is preceded by the Legislative Counsel’s Digest which summarizes changes. Some bills include a statement of intent or policy, which might be omitted in the codified version.

To view bills introduced between 1967 and the present, see the databases listed below.  For bill introduced prior to 1967, visit the San Francisco Public Library's Government Information Center on the fifth floor of the Main Branch of the library.