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Encyclopedia > California State Legislature
California's Capitol, where the State Legislature meets
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The California Legislature is the legislative branch of the state government of California. ImageMetadata File history File links California State Capitol in Sacramento See http://www. ... ImageMetadata File history File links California State Capitol in Sacramento See http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1913 KB) The room of the California State Assembly. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1913 KB) The room of the California State Assembly. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1983 KB) The chamber of the Senate of the US state of California Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux File links The following pages link to this file: California State Legislature California State Senate Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1983 KB) The chamber of the Senate of the US state of California Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux File links The following pages link to this file: California State Legislature California State Senate Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added... Official language(s) English Capital Largest city Sacramento Los Angeles Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 158,302 sq mi  410,000 km² 250 miles  400 km 770 miles  1,240 km 4. ...


It is a bicameral legislature that consists of a lower house, the Assembly, and an upper house, the Senate. There are 80 State Assembly Members and 40 State Senators. The State Legislature meets in the state capital, Sacramento. California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... California State Senate Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ... Nickname: City of Trees Official website: http://www. ...


The California legislature currently has a Democratic majority, with the Senate consisting of 25 Democrats and 15 Republicans; and the Assembly having 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans. Except for a brief period from 1995-1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor's mansion has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The Senate has been in Democratic hands for a long time as well.

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Terms and term limits

Members of the Assembly are elected from eighty districts, serve two year terms, and are limited to being elected three times. Members of the Senate serve four year terms and are limited to being elected twice. There are forty Senate districts, with half of the seats up for election on alternate (two year) election cycles.


Recordkeeping

The proceedings of the California Legislature are briefly summarized in regularly published journals, which show votes and who proposed or withdrew what. Since the 1990s, the legislature has provided a live video feed for its sessions, and has been broadcast on C-SPAN and local access television. Due to the expense and the obvious political downsides, California did not keep verbatim records of actual speeches made by members of the Assembly and Senate until the video feed began. As a result, reconstructing legislative intent outside of an act's preamble is extremely difficult in California for legislation passed before the 1990s. The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ...


Legislative committees

The most sought-after legislative committee appointments are to banking, agriculture and insurance. These are sometimes called "juice" committees, because membership aids the campaign fundraising of their members through donations from powerful lobbying groups.


Legislative analyst

A unique institution is the nonpartisan legislative analyst's office, or LAO. The LAO analyzes for legislators the effects of proposed laws. The office is staffed by several dozen fiscal and policy analysts. The LAO's most visible public acts are to write the impartial ballot booklet analyses of initiatives and bond measures placed before the voters and to provide public commentary on many aspects of proposed and enacted budget bills.


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