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Summer Clerks Research Guide

Strategies and research tips for working law students

Guides for Researching California Legislative History

Use a research guide for California Legislative History questions.

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Basics of California Legislative History

  • Bills
    • Assembly Bill = AB
    • Senate Bill = SB
  • Session Laws
    • In California, bills that pass the Legislature and get the Governor's signature are "chaptered" by the Secretary of State.
  • Codes
    • No "official" code in California. Either West's or Deering's (Lexis).
    • California code is divided by subject. E.g. Penal, Civil, Education, etc.

California Codes: Online and in Print