The Law Library has a great guide on CA legislative histories, including their holdings of bills.
Other Legislative History Information
California Legislature. Assembly or Senate. Final History. 1973-
Arranged by bill number and listing action taken on all measures on file for the year. Issued daily and cumulated weekly and then semi-annually and annually. Previous to 1973 actions were reported in the Final Calendar of Legislative Business 1899-1972 (J87C2e Main). The latter includes a Legislative Index in the back which provides subject access to bills.
California. Legislature. Assembly or Senate. Journal. 1849/50-
Each journal is issued daily and cumulated annually. They include an account of proceedings (however, not verbatim or summary transcripts of debates), list of measures taken up, texts of amendments to bills, committee reports, etc. Senate committee votes are recorded and published in the Senate Journal, but the Assembly reports its committee and other votes in a separate appendix to the Assembly Journal. An Alphabetical Index provides access by subject and legislative member name. A Bill Action Index provides access by bill number.
California. Legislature. Legislative Index... 1973/74-
Published at various intervals during a legislative session, it lists by subject all bills introduced in the Legislature. Part 2 contains a table showing which sections of the constitution and statutes are affected by the measures introduced.
J87C2e.A35 (latest 10 years)
California. Legislature. Summary Digest. 1935-
Includes a short summary of each law enacted, and of each constitutional amendment, concurrent or joint resolution adopted by the Legislature during the year. It is arranged by chapter number and includes cross-reference tables, a detailed subject index and a statutory record. Published also since 1967 as part of Statutes of California.
KA80.A25 DREF (latest 10 years)
California. Legislature. Senate. Digest of significant legislation covering the period of... 1985-
Major Assembly and Senate bills are arranged by broad subject categories (health, education, etc.). Each entry provides name of the author, a brief summary, and the disposition of the bill at the end of the session. An index by bill number is included.
KFC7.C33 DREF (latest)
Another method of finding information on historic legislation is to check historic newspapers. California newspapers will have stories on major state legislation. UCB subscribes to two historical California newspapers in digital format. Visit the Newspaper and Microfilm Library in Doe to use UCB's extensive collection of California Newspapers:
Provides access to the Los Angeles Times from 1889-present. UCB ONLY
Includes New York Times (full text, Historical, 1881-1985, with Index, 1851-1993 + 1980-current). Los Angeles Times (full text, Historical, 1881-1985 + 1985-current). Wall Street Journal (full text, Historical, 1889-1995 + 1984-current). Also indexes the New York Times Magazine (indexed from 1986-current, full text from 1997), the New York Times Book Review (indexed from 1986-current, full text from 1997), and the WSJ: the Wall Street Journal Magazine (full text from 2011-present).
Full page article images of the San Francisco Chronicle starting with the first issue (1865) through 1922. UCB ONLY
Full page article images of the San Francisco Chronicle starting with the first issue (1865) through 1922.
These publications are the result of committee action on proposed laws. The hearings contain the testimony and sources used by the committees to develop recommendations. The reports usually contain the recommendations and explain the intent of the law. Unfortunately many California hearings, especially bill hearing sessions, are not published. To find what hearings and reports are available, check the lists below, then search them by title in Oskicat or MELVYL. Selected reports through 1970 were published in the appendices of the Assembly and Senate Journals. (Appendices 1855-1944 are located in J87C2p Main)
California State Publications. 1945-
Listing of official state publications issued by executive agencies, the Legislature, and the Judiciary. Hearings begin with California Documents Call Number L500. Published monthly and cumulated each year. Title and subject index. Microfiche cumulation: 1982-89, 1990-93 (reference microfiche 7150)
Assembly Publications Catalog. 1992-
Lists reports and hearings of the State Assembly committees, caucuses, task forces and selected State commissions.
Joint Publications Catalog. 1985-1989
Catalog lists the reports and hearing transcripts of the Assembly, Senate, and Joint Committees that are for sale. Arranged by committee name.
Hearings and Reports of the Committees of the California Legislature. (1961-84)
Lists published hearings and reports alphabetically by committee.
California Interim Legislative Committees and Reports. (1937-76)
Lists published reports by committee with a subject index.
California Legislative Committee Reports.
A compilation of lists that includes List of special committees and commissions by legislative session, 1850-1936 by C. Larsen.
Records of the California Legislature. comp. by D. Snyder. (Calif. State Archives Inventory No. 2). 1971.
Includes committee hearing transcripts and other committee records on file in the State Archives, the Government Publications Section of the California State Library, and the Assembly Office of Research.