The California State Legislature is made up of the State Assembly (80 members) and State Senate (40 members). The legislature operates on a two-year schedule that coincides with two-year elected terms in the Assembly. The legislative sessions run from December and January to September. Bills are introduced and must progress through policy and fiscal committees in both houses. The process is robust, with abundant opportunity for public participation.
Legislative affairs in California are high stakes across a fast-paced field. Hundreds of votes are cast during the nine-month sessions. Dozens of stakeholders weigh in with public comments. Special-interest groups spend millions of dollars in efforts to influence public-policy decisions. Laws tend to be created from high-level perspectives. Bills often provide framework language and abdicate significant details to regulators.
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