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Finding California Legislative History, Guide and Checklist


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Before You Begin

Two possible scenarios exist for constructing a California legislative history.

  1. The first is when you must trace the "history of the statute" by assembling the documents that represent various versions of the legislation itself.

  2. The second, immensely more difficult, involves trying to determine legislative intent by analyzing all documents related to the passage or rejection of the particular bill or law.

    This second scenario is made more difficult by the limited availability of California legislative history documents compared with those available for conducting federal legislative histories. For example, committee hearings on California bills are usually not transcribed and reports on bills are rarely prepared. As well, there is no written record of debate.

Thus, if your goal is merely to determine the "history of the statute," you can usually complete the work yourself fairly quickly. However, if your goal is a comprehensive search to determine legislative intent, consider first whether you have the time and ability to conduct the research yourself, or whether it might be more efficient and cost-effective to hire a commercial service to search for the materials for you.

Using a Commercial Research Service

Much useful documentation on California legislation is unpublished and stashed away in archives or in file cabinets in legislative offices in Sacramento. This unpublished information can be very enlightening, but it is hard to find — especially for anyone who only occasionally does California legislative research. If a thorough legislative history is critical to your case or research project, consider hiring one of the private legislative research services listed in Step 15.

Doing a Legislative History on Your Own

If you are only tracing the history of a statute, or if you don't need an exhaustive, comprehensive report, or if you can't afford one of the commercial services, you can try to do basic California legislative history research. This guide covers sources that you can routinely check to trace the history or begin to look into the intent of a California statute. Most important among these are the various versions of a bill, which (as noted in Step 5) you should always consult as part of your search for legislative history. Follow the steps below, preferably in the order suggested. 

For yet more information on California legislative history research, consult: chapter 4 of Daniel W. Martin, Henke's California Law Guide, 8th ed. (KFC 74 .h36 2006 Law Reference Desk); Walter K. Hurst, "The Use of Extrinsic Aids in Determining Legislative Intent in California: The Need for Standardized Criteria," 12 Pac. L.J. 189 (1981) and Bertha R. White, "Sources of Legislative Intent in California," 3 Pac. L.J. 63 (1972).

For expert research advice about California legislative history and intent, speak to a reference librarian at 415.422.6773.

1. Check the code section and note the year and chapter number.

This citation helps you find the original statute and its bill number. It is immediately after the text of the annotated code section and will look something like: "Stats 1982 ch 839."

Print Source(s)

  • Deering's California Codes Annotated, KFC 30.5 .D4 Law Stacks
  • West's Annotated California Codes, KFC 30.5 .W4 Law Stacks

2. Read the original statute in Statutes of California.

Use the citation you found in Step 1 to locate the original statute. Read this original pre-codification version of the statute to see if there are any variations from the version that appears in the code. Also, check for an "urgency" statement or other language related to intent that may have been excluded from the codified version. Finally, check to see if there is a "Legislative Counsel's Digest" (which may contain clues about intent) immediately before the text of the law.

Print Source(s)

  • Statutes of California, also known as Statutes and Amendments to the Codes of California, KFC 25 .A231 Law Stacks. (Also available on microfiche from 1970 to the present. Fiche Cabinet 31, Drawer 5.)

Note: The state takes several years to publish the Statutes of California. The same material for recent years (including useful tables and indexes) is in the following sources:

Print Source(s)

  • Deering's Advance Legislative Service KFC 30.5 .D4 Law Stacks. Latest 2-3 years. Shelved immediately following Deering's California Codes Annotated.
  • West's California Legislative Service, 1997- . KFC 30.5 . W4 Z5 Law Stacks (shelved immediately following West's Annotated California Codes).

Pre-codification versions of statutes for recent years are also available on the Internet and on Lexis and Westlaw.

Internet

  • (1993- ). Legislative Portal bill search page. Select the desired session, and follow this keyword search example:

    "chapter 420"

    From the resulting bill text list, select the "chaptered" version.

Lexis

  • Source: CA - California Advance Legislative Service (CAL;CAALS) (1987- ). Sample search:

    cite("2005 Cal ALS 420")

Westlaw

  • CA-LEGIS database (current session). Sample search:

    citation(2008 pre/5 2)
  • CA-LEGIS-OLD database (1987- ). Sample search:

    citation(2005 pre/5 420)

3. Convert the chapter citation into the bill number (e.g. S.B. 537).

You will need a bill number to find further information on the history of the legislation. To find the bill number, check either (1) the "Table of Laws Enacted," which is located in the first volume for each year of the Statutes of California, or (2) the Summary Digest (KFC 16 .S85 Law Stacks, 1978- ). Note the author of the bill, too, when that information is given.

Print Source(s)

  • Statutes of California (see Step 2, above)
  • Summary Digest, KFC 16 .S85 Law Stacks, (1978- )
    [Beginning in 1967, the Summary Digest is also printed in the last volume of the Statutes of California. The Summary Digest for 1867- is available at the San Francisco Public Library Government Information Center.]

To convert a chapter citation to a bill number for more recent legislation, use Deering's Advance Legislative Service or West's California Legislative Service.

Print Source(s)

  • Deering's Advance Legislative Service (see Step 2, above)
  • West's California Legislative Service (see Step 2, above)

You can also use the Legislative Portal, Lexis, or Westlaw to convert chapter citations to bill numbers for recent legislation.

Internet

  • (1993- ). Legislative Portal bill search page. Select the desired session, and search by key word using this example:

    "chapter 420."

    The resulting bill text list will include the bill number.

Lexis

  • Source: CA - California Advance Legislative Service (CAL;CAALS) (1987- ). Sample search:

    cite("2005 Cal ALS 420")

    The bill number will be at the top of the document you retrieve.

Westlaw

  • CA-LEGIS database (current session). Sample search:

    citation(2008 pre/5 2)

    The bill number will be at the top of the document you retrieve.

  • CA-LEGIS-OLD database (1987- ). Sample search:

    citation(2005 pre/5 420)

    The bill number will be at the top of the document you retrieve.

4. Read and copy the bill "history."

The bill "history" is actually a chronology of actions taken on the bill. Critical information from the "history" includes: (1) bill authors and sponsors; (2) dates of amendments; and (3) reviewing committees. Information about committees helps you find published or unpublished reports or hearings. Knowing authors' and sponsors' names lets you request from them any unpublished information on file.

Bill histories are listed by bill number and are printed in each sessions' Senate (or Assembly) Final History (or, before 1964, in the Final Calendar of Legislative Business).

Print Source(s)

  • Senate (or Assembly) Final History, KFC 14 .C31 Law Stacks, 1973 to present. For current session, check the most current Senate or Assembly Weekly History (in pamphlet boxes in Ranges 115A - 116A in the California Collection)
  • Final Calendar of Legislative Business, 1921-1964, KFC 14 .C3 Law Stacks.
    [The Final Calendar from 1867- is available at the San Francisco Public Library Government Information Center. The Final Calendar from 1919-1943 and from 1947- is available at Hastings Law Library.]

Bill histories for recent years are also available on the Internet and on Lexis and Westlaw.

Internet

Lexis

  • Source: CA Bill Tracking Reports (CAL;CATRCK) (current session only). Sample bill-number search:

    cite("a.b. 100")

Westlaw

  • CA-BILLTRK database (current session). Sample bill-number search:

    citation("a.b. 100")
  • CA-BILLTRK-OLD database (1991- ). Sample bill-number search:

    citation("a.b. 100")

    To limit to a specific year, add a date restriction, e.g.,

    citation("a.b. 100") and date(is 2001)

5. Read all of the versions of the bill.

This is the single most important step in researching California legislative history and intent. Often the only clues to intent are in (1) the occasional explicit statement of intent, (2) whatever you can infer from the language of the bill — the various amendments, additions, and deletions made to the bill as it went through the legislative process, or (3) the Legislative Counsel's Digest, which precedes the text of the bill.

The Legislative Counsel's Digest accompanies each version of every bill and compares current law to the proposed bill. It may also be found in the Summary Digest. (For the location of the Summary Digest, see Step 3.)

Print Source(s)

  • Current bills: in the Reserve Book Room. Ask at the Circulation/Reserve desk.
  • Bills from previous sessions: Fiche Cabinet 30, Drawers 5 & 6 (1967-2004).
  • Bills prior to 1967: San Francisco Public Library Government Information Center (1867- ); Boalt Hall law library at U.C. Berkeley (1913- with some gaps, call number: KFC 5).

Full-text bills for recent years are also available on the Internet and on Lexis and Westlaw.

Internet

  • (1993- ). Legislative Portal bill search page. Search by key word or by bill number. Results include the most recent version of the bill, the bill as it was introduced, and any amended versions.

Lexis

  • Source: CA Full-Text Bills (CAL;CATEXT) (current session only). Sample bill-number search:

    cite("a.b. 100")

Westlaw

  • CA-BILLTXT database (current session). Sample bill-number search:

    citation("a.b. 100")
  • CA-BILLTXT-OLD database (1991- ). Sample bill-number search:

    citation("a.b. 100") and date(is 2003).

    (Add a date restriction to limit to a specific year.)

6. Check for an Assembly File Analysis dealing with the bill.

Prepared by the Assembly Office of Research for selected Senate and Assembly bills, these nonpartisan analyses of bills provide a committee digest, comments, fiscal effects, and amendments. The Assembly File Analysis discusses the bill in its final form.

Print Source(s)

  • Assembly File Analyses, 1975- : microfiche, Fiche Cabinet 31, Drawer 4.

7. Check the annotated code for legislative history materials.

Appellate cases and law review articles may lead you to legislative history materials. The annotations, especially to more recently-enacted legislation, may also provide cites to committee reports, Legislative Counsel opinions, Law Revision Commission reports [Location: KFC 27 .A3 Law Stacks], and Attorney General opinions [Location, 1943 to present: KFC 780 .A55 Law Stacks. Location, 1899 to 1943 (microfilm): microform room, Film Cabinet 3, Drawer 1]. Historical notes may briefly summarize amendments. Annotations may also refer to other code sections, law review articles, or notes of court decisions. Check both Deering's and West; their coverage is not necessarily the same.

Print Source(s)

  • Deering's California Codes Annotated, KFC 30.5 .D4 Law Stacks
  • West's Annotated California Codes, KFC 30.5 .W4 Law Stacks

8. Check online for committee analyses (for recent legislation).

Committee analyses for recent legislation are available on the Internet (1993- ) and on Lexis and Westlaw (1991- ). (For older analyses, see Step 11.) These analyses offer insights into the potential effect of the legislation and indicate which interest groups supported or opposed the bill. Only non-partisan analyses are available, and superseded analyses are not included.

Internet

Lexis

  • Source: CA Legislative Committee Analyses of Pending Bills (CAL;CACOMM) (1991- ). Sample bill-number search:

    cite("a.b. 100")

    To limit to current year, add a date restriction.

    Committee analyses are also included in the Lexis source "California Legislative Bill History" (CAL;CALH), (2001- ). Sample bill-number search:

    cite("2003 legis bill hist ca a.b. 205")

    (Always uses the first year — the odd-numbered year — of the two-year session in which your bill was considered.)

Westlaw

  • CA-LH-REP database (1993- ). Sample bill-number search:

    citation("a.b. 100")

    To limit to current year, add a date restriction.

  • CCA database (current session). Sample bill-number search:

    citation("a.b. 100")
  • CCA-OLD database (1991- ). Sample bill-number search:

    citation("a.b. 100")

    To limit to a specific year, add a date restriction.

9. Call legislative offices for any unpublished information.

For relatively recent legislation it is often useful to call: (1) the author and sponsors of the bill; (2) the committee(s) that considered it; and⁄or (3) any partisan caucuses (the Assembly Republican and Democratic Caucuses and the Senate Majority and Minority Caucuses) that may have been involved. A staff person may be willing to search the relevant files for useful documentation on the bill.

Phone numbers for individual legislators as well as committees and caucuses are printed in the California State Government Directory. The California legislative portal and the Senate and Assembly websites also give contact information.

Print Source(s)

  • California State Government Directory: JK 8730 .C355 Law Reference Desk

Internet

10. Check the Senate and Assembly Journals.

The Journals sometimes include Legislative Counsel opinions, legislators' letters of intent or other communications about bills, and Governors' veto messages. Although these valuable documents will not be available for many bills, you should always check the Journals to see if they contain anything useful regarding your bill.

To find these documents in the Journals, check the indexes. Be creative in choosing what headings to look under. Some useful headings are: the legislator's name, the governor's name, "Legislative Intent - Letters of," "Legislative Counsel" [or the name of the Legislative Counsel], "Journal - Print in - [member's name] - communication," "Motions & Notices - Print - Letter," "Motions & Notices - Motion to - Print - Letter," "Print in Journal," and "Reports - Legislative Counsel."

The Senate and Assembly Final Histories (Step 4, above) can also help you find relevant information in the Journals. In the Assembly Final History, check the table of contents under "Opinions of Legislative Counsel" or "Legislative Counsel Opinions" to find a list of opinions and their location in the Assembly Journal. In the Senate Final History, check the listing of "Reports Noted and Received" under the heading "Legislative Counsel" for reference to Legislative Counsel opinions. Check under the Author's⁄Senator's name for "letters of intent" or "letter regarding [bill number]."

The Journals also contain "Bill Action Indexes" to lead you to every mention of the bill. (Most of these mentions, however, tell nothing about the intent or purpose of the bill.)

Print Source(s)

  • Journal of the Assembly, 1989 to date, KFC 14 .C23 Law Stacks.
    Journal of the Senate, 1989 to date, KFC 14 .C24 Law Stacks.
  • Journals of the Assembly & Senate, 1913- : microfiche, Fiche Cabinet 31, Drawer 2 (Assembly) and Drawer 3 (Senate).
  • The Appendices for 1939- are filed with the microfiche for the year in question. They may be filed before or after that year's fiche.
    Appendices for 1913-1939 are filed separately on microfiche in Fiche Cabinet 31, Drawer 3.

Internet

(These sources for the Journals allow you to display the Journal for specific dates but do not allow key word or topical searches.)

Westlaw

  • CA-LH-JRNLS database (1995- ). Sample bill-number search:

    "a.b. 100"

    To limit to current year, add a date restriction.

11. Check the State Archives for unpublished materials.

The state archives contain a wide variety of background information on legislation. Some of the major resources are listed below. For each of these resources, the content of the files may vary drastically from one bill to another, and for some bills no file may exist at all. Always check with the Archives for availability before traveling to Sacramento. If you call the Archives in advance, they can tell you whether they have a file on the bill and how many pages it contains. For a fee, they will make copies for you, or you can visit the Archives and make your own copies. If you choose to have the Archives make copies, expect a turn-around time of at least a week. Always have the year and bill number before calling the Archives.

Contact:

California State Archives
1020 "O" Street, 4th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814.
(916) 653-7715 or (916) 653-2246. Ask for "Reference."
Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
(The Archives Research Room is also open the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 to 4:00.)
California State Archives
This site has information about the Archives and their services, but does not have digital copies of archived documents.
Description of legislative resources at the Archives.

These are some of the types of documents that might be available in the Archives:

  1. Governor's Chaptered Bill File (1943-2003). A file the governor reviews before signing or vetoing a bill. Useful material might include: "enrolled bill memoranda" or "enrolled bill reports." Some governors, however, sealed their chaptered bill files and others never gave them to the Archives. (Beginning with the Wilson administration, all governors are required by law to deposit their public papers in the Archives.)
  2. Committee Bill Files (1960- ). Files prepared by the committee considering the bill. These include: analyses; summaries of testimony; minutes; legislative counsel opinions; miscellaneous background material.
  3. Committee Hearing Files (1940- ). Files (often containing transcripts) from committee consideration of a particular issue. May include consideration of one or more bills. Besides transcripts, other useful material might include: statements or testimony not in transcripts; legislative counsel opinions; various background documents.
  4. Authors' Bill Files (ca. 1950- ). Maintained by the author of the bill. (Legislators are not required to deposit these with the Archives, but many do.) At best, a thorough documentary record tracking the progress of the bill. May include: documents prepared by interested third parties; press releases; other background information.
  5. Videotapes of selected floor sessions and committee hearings. Senate, 1992 to present; Assembly 1988-1998.
  6. Agency Legislative Records (dates vary). Documents generated by state agencies with an interest in the legislation. May include: analyses; policy memoranda; position statements; background information. Particularly useful if the bill in question originated with the agency.
  7. Caucus Bill Files(1973- ). Contains: Democratic and Republican party caucus analyses reflecting the parties' views.
  8. Legislative Bill File (1849- ). Contains: summary and text of bill (and amendments); name of author; record of progress through the legislature. Useful only in the absence of other information.

12. Check for any published committee reports or hearings.

It is rare to find published reports and hearings, but some do exist. Generally the published reports or hearings rarely concentrate on a specific bill. Instead, they tend to focus on a more general problem facing the State. Therefore, when consulting the sources below, be sure to check the years immediately preceding the bill for hearings and reports on the general subject addressed by the bill. Most hearings are never transcribed. For very recent hearings, however, it is sometimes possible for interested persons to request a transcript from the chair of the committee that conducted the hearing.

To find out which committees may have conducted hearings or issued reports on a bill, consult the Final Calendar or Final History (described in Step 4).

Check the following sources for citations to reports and⁄or hearings:

  1. Ignacio, USF's online catalog. USF has been receiving hearings and reports since the mid-1970's. Search Ignacio, the online catalog, by author using the heading: "California. Legislature. Assembly (or Senate) Committee on…" (These author searches will work in other libraries' catalogs, too.)
  2. California State Publications, (2002-May 2003, Z 1223.5 .C2 C4 Law Reference; 1982-2000 on microfiche, Fiche Cabinet 30, Drawer 2). Also arranged by committee. (For earlier editions, consult one of the libraries listed in Step 14.) California State Publications is also available on the web from 2001 to the present.
  3. Hearings and Reports of Committees of the California Legislature: 1965-1984 (with some gaps) (KFC 20 .R45 Law Stacks). Lists published documents alphabetically by committee.
  4. California Interim Legislative Committees and their Reports: 1957-1961 (KFC 2 .L4 Law Stacks). Lists published documents by committee and also has a subject index. (For earlier editions — going back as far as 1937 — consult one of the libraries listed in Step 14.)
  5. The Appendices of the Journals of the Senate and the Assembly. From 1946 to 1970 (for the Senate) and from 1956 to 1970 (for the Assembly), these Appendices contained selected reports of the standing and joint committees of the California legislature. The Appendices for 1939- are filed are filed right before or right after the Journals for the year in question in Fiche Cabinet 31, Drawers 2 & 3.
  6. List of Special Committees and Commissions by Legislative Session, 1850-1936. Boalt Law Library KFC 20 .L37 Reference Desk.
  7. California Hearings and Reports Index, from the Hastings Law Library.  A print copy covering 1984-1994 is available at the Zief Library (KFC 20 .P48 1995 Law Reference Desk).

13. Expand your search by consulting one or more of these sources:

  1. California Judicial Council Reports. (1967- . FC 951 .A83. Current year in Law Stacks; previous years in Law Compact Storage.)
  2. California Law Revision Commission Reports Recommendations and Studies. (1957- . KFC 27 .A3 Law Stacks.)
    The California Law Revision Commission site contains Printed Reports from 1957 to the present, Tentative Recommendations from about 1998 to the present, Staff Memoranda from 1997 to the present, and Background Studies from about 1991 to the present. There is also a search function for Code sections affected by CLRC recommendations .
  3. Reports and other documents of the California Code Commission, 1929-1953. USF does not have these reports. To find them, search the catalogs of the libraries listed in Step 14 by author "California Code Commission." The California State Library has a particularly good collection.
  4. The McGeorge Law Review (Pacific Law Journal, before Fall 1997) (K 16 .A26 Law Stacks). Since 1970, the first issue of each year includes a review of selected California legislation of the prior year. This may give some leads on legislative history sources. [For 1955 to 1969, see CEB's Review of Selected Code Legislation (KFC 27 .R4 Law Compact Storage).]
  5. Other law journal articles. An article on the law may discuss its background. Check: Legal Resource Index (Lexis and Westlaw) or LegalTrac (1980- ) and Index to Legal Periodicals  (1770- in print; 1918- on the web; 1981- on Lexis and Westlaw). You can search these tools for finding legal articles by statute name or by subject. Especially note articles from the McGeorge Law Review⁄Pacific Law Journal (above), the State Bar Journal (1921-1981, K3 .A536 Law Stacks), and its successor, the California Lawyer (1981-present, K3 .A537 Law Stacks).
  6. Histories of selected California Codes appearing in superseded volumes of West's Annotated Codes. Consider these if your code section was enacted relatively early in California's history. With one exception, these may all be found on microfiche in Fiche Cabinet 31, Drawers 6 & 7.

     

    • Civil Code: Arvo Van Alstyne, The California Civil Code, 6 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-43 (1954).
    • Code of Civil Procedure: Justin Miller, History of the California Code of Civil Procedure, 23 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-44 (1955).
    • Education Code: Joseph L. Knowles, The Education Code, 26 West's Annot. Cal. Codes XLIX-LVIII (1955). [Not available on microfiche at USF. Consult one of the libraries listed in Step 14.
    • Government Code: Charles Aikin, The Government of California, 32 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-29 (1955).
    • Insurance Code: Sidney L. Weinstock and John B. Maloney, History and Development of Insurance Law in California, 42 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-57 (1955).
    • Probate Code: Lowell Turrentine, Introduction to the California Probate Code, 52 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-40 (1956).
    • Public Utilities Code: Roderick B. Cassidy, Public Utility Regulation in California, 57 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-24 (1956).
    • Revenue and Taxation Code: J. Gould, The California Tax System, 59 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-77 (1956).
    • Vehicle Code: J. Allen Davis and Harry V. Cheshire, Jr., California Motor Vehicle Legislation, 66 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-57 (1960).
    • Water Code: J. D. Strauss and George H. Murphy, California Water Law in Perspective, 68 West's Annot. Cal. Codes 1-49 (1956).
  7. Newspaper Articles. Articles in non-legal newspapers (such as the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, and the San Francisco Chronicle) may provide clues to the background and purpose of the legislation. The Gleeson Library at USF keeps the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Other Bay Area libraries that have large newspaper collections are: San Francisco Public Library and the main library at U.C. Berkeley. Most newspapers also have websites containing current (and sometimes archival) materials. For a list of California newspapers, visit the National Association of Newspapers "NewsVoyager" and select California from the map or pull-down menu. The Sacramento Bee, as the Capitol's paper, has particularly good legislative coverage. The Bee's fee-based searchable archive covers 1984 to the present.

    Both Lexis and Westlaw have group sources that allow you to search several newspapers at one time. On Lexis, search the "California News Publications" (NEWS;CANEWS) source. On Westlaw, search either the CANEWS database or the CANP database.

    The following major California papers are also available individually on Lexis and Westlaw:

    Major California Papers
    Paper Lexis source and coverage Westlaw database and coverage
    Fresno Bee   FRESNOBEE (1990- )
    Los Angeles Times NEWS;LAT (1985- ) LATIMES (1985- )
    Marin Independent Journal NEWS;MARIN (selected articles, 8⁄2002- ; full coverage 2⁄2003- ) MARININDEP (2008- )
    Sacramento Bee   SACRAMENTOBEE (selected articles, 3⁄1984- ; full coverage, 5⁄2004- )
    San Diego Union-Tribune NEWS;SDUT(12⁄1983- ) SDUT (2001- ) or SDUNIONT (2⁄7⁄1992- )
    San Francisco Chronicle NEWS;SFCHRN(10⁄1989- ) SFCHR (1988- )
    San Francisco Examiner   SFEXCA (6⁄1990-11⁄2000)
    San Jose Mercury News NEWS;SJMRCN (1994- ) SJMERCURY (6⁄1985- ) & SMERCN (9⁄1992- )
    (No law school access.)
  8. The Executive Agency or Department that Sponsored the Bill. If in your research you discover that a non-legislative agency (such as the Judicial Council) sponsored the bill, you may want to call that agency to see if it still has any files (which may include unpublished or otherwise hard-to-find material) on that bill. California Online Directory is a good source to consult for agency phone numbers and names of staff members. A list of California agency websites is also available on the state's website.

14. Consider a trip to other libraries.

If the USF law library doesn't have what you need, you may want to visit one of the local libraries that has a larger collection of California state publications. These include:

  1. The San Francisco Public Library's Government Information Center, Civic Center, (415) 557-4500.
  2. Hastings Law Library, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, (415) 565-4750.
  3. University of California, Berkeley, Government Information Service at Doe & Moffitt Libraries, (510) 642-2569.
  4. University of California, Berkeley, Law Library, Bancroft & Piedmont, Berkeley, (510) 642-4044.
  5. Oakland Public Library, 125 - 14th Street, Oakland, (510) 273-3176.
  6. Jonsson Library of Government Publications, Stanford University, (650) 723-2728.
  7. California State Library, Government Publications Section, Sacramento, (916) 654-0069.

15. Considering hiring a commercial legislative research service.

For a fee these services will do the search for you. They are often able to find materials that elude most non-specialist researcher. Some commercial services are: