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California Legislative History Research Guide: Step 5. Governor's File

Locate and Review the Governor's Bill File

When the governor signs a bill into law, the bill is filed with the Secretary of State and chronologically "chaptered." For each bill that passes the legislature, a file is created containing the documents the governor's office has received regarding that bill. The Governor's Chaptered Bill Files from 1943 - 2010 are available on microfilm in the Micrographics Room (KFC7.G68 / cabinet #47). The files typically contain, at a minimum, the enrolled bill report and a letter from the bill's sponsor. In addition, there are files from bills vetoed by a governor; these files include the governor's veto statement. Please ask at the Reference Desk for assistance with viewing microfilm.