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9/8/10 California State Assembly Legislative Procedure Office of the Chief Clerk REVISED JANUARY 2007 This information reflects procedures contained in the State Constitution, the most recently adopted Assembly Rules (H.R. 1, adopted December 4, 2006), Joint Rules and usage and custom. http://www.assembly. ca.gov/clerk/BILLSLE GISLATURE/Leg_Pro cedure.pdf
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9/8/10 The Legislative Process • Overview of the Legislative Process • Essentials of the Process • The Committee Process • Assembly Floor Procedures • The Life Cycle of Legislation • Concurrence in Senate Amendments • Consideration of Bills by the Governor
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9/8/10 The process of government by which bills are considered and laws enacted is commonly referred to as the “legislative process.” Pursuant to the California Constitution, on the first Monday in December after the November general election, both Houses of the Legislature organize, elect officers and adopt rules for the upcoming two- year session. The two-year session, referred to as the biennial session, is organized based on a legislative calendar. In the first year of the two-year session (e.g., 2007) both Houses meet from January until mid-September and then recess until January of the even-numbered year. In the second year (e.g., 2008) the Legislature meets from the first week in January until it finally adjourns on November 30 of the even-numbered year.
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9/8/10 The California Legislature is comprised of two Houses: the Senate and Assembly. There are 40 Senators and 80 Assembly Members (Art. IV, Sec. 2(a)). Based on current population data, each Assembly Member represents approximately 420,000 constituents; Senators represent approximately 840,000 constituents. The Assembly has 29 standing committees in the 2007-08 Regular Session, which consider legislation in a wide range of policy areas. Each committee is staffed by professional consultants who work closely with each Member to assist them in facilitating their legislative agenda. The Speaker’s staff and other leadership staff also play a vital role in the
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9/8/10 Officers of the Assembly Speaker The Speaker of the Assembly is the presiding officer of the Assembly and is elected for a two-year term by a majority vote of the Members. He or she is charged with the overall management and supervision of the Assembly. The Speaker appoints members to all committees and subcommittees of the Assembly, allocates funds, staffing and other resources for the effective operation of the House, and establishes the committee schedules (A.R. 26).
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