CAsuppp - State Government of California Supplemental...

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1 State Government of California Supplemental Section California Constitution • Current Constitution signed in 1879 (original in 1849, statehood in 1850). • 110 total pages (vs. 4 of the US Constitution) Constitution). • Notable differences. – Explicitly provides gender rights. – Prohibits punishments that are cruel or unusual. – Stronger free speech rights. Structure • Unlike the US gov’t (which is a federal system – different levels), the California state gov’t is a unitary system. • Like the federal gov’t, the California state gov’t has 3 branches. Legislative Branch • The California State Legislature is bicameral. – California State Senate • 4 year terms. • 40 districts • 1/2 of the seats up for election every 2 years. – California Assembly • 2 year terms (max. 3 terms) • 80 districts. • All of the seats up for election every 2 years. Executive Branch • The Governor is the head of the executive branch. • Other positions:
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