The legislative process and terminology at the state level is similar to the federal legislative process. A bill has to pass through both houses of a state legislature before it is sent to the governor for signing (or veto). State Bills have sponsors who introduce them; they get referred to policy and fiscal committees for consideration and amendments; committee reports/analyses are written; hearings are held; votes are taken.
While the process is pretty much the same there are certain terms and actions that are specific to the state legislative process:
This list of sources will help you get started with understanding state legislative processes and publications:
Federal Legislation Congress.gov Legislative Glossary
Government Documents Roundtable State Bluebooks and Encyclopedias
Council of State Governments (CSG) Book of the States
California Glossary of Legislative Terms
California Senate Citizen’s Guide to the Legislative Process
Every state will have a similar Glossary of Terms and explanation of the process; this is where either searching a state legislature's website or using a well constructed Google Search can be of assistance: [state] legislative process guide (or chart or flowchart) OR [state] glossary legislative terms.
The following resources will help you find state bills across the fifty states. Please note that time coverage varies significantly by source.
California Legislative Information
Find bills using the following criteria: status, author, committee or floor location, and date ranges for various legislative actions on a bill. In addition, you may perform a more complex bill search by combining criteria available using the Advanced Search search.
Clerk of the Assembly -- Provides info on daily occurances, rules, current bills, etc in the Assembly.
CA Leg. Info
1993 - 2016
Find bills by bill number, author, or keyword. Search by session. Results include: status, history, chaptered, amended, enrolled, and introduced information.
Historic Legislation in California can be difficult to find. Use the resources below to guide you through the process.
Other Legislative History Information
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)