A Closer Look at the Legislature’s History Publication

Screenshot 2018-01-08 at 08.10.25By Chris Micheli

In both the California State Assembly and State Senate, there are three major publications: History (generally published each week), Daily File (published each day they are in session), and Daily Journal (published each day they are in session). The Assembly History and the Senate History can be used to track all legislative actions that have been taken on every measure introduced in the Assembly or the Senate.

Like all publications by the California Legislature, the History is available electronically on the Assembly and Senate websites. It is also printed weekly and contains actions applied to measures through the past week. The information in the publication includes: Disposition of Assembly or Senate measures, information about Members of the respective houses, such as their occupation and other information.

The other items contained in the History are also helpful to practitioners. They include:

Officers of the Assembly or Senate
Chamber seating chart
Membership and staff of committees
Summary of all actions and action dates on all
Assembly or Senate measures introduced
Assembly or Senate measures approved by session year and vetoed by session year
Assembly or Senate measures listed by original author
Governor’s Reorganization Plans
Tribal Gaming Compacts

The History is basically a compilation of all actions taken on every measure introduced in the Assembly or Senate. Note that there are two histories:

Weekly History

This document is printed at the end of each legislative week and it reflects all actions taken on all measures from the beginning of the legislative session.

Final History

This document is printed at the end of the two-year session and it reflects the history of all measures for the entire session. This volume includes various charts, tables, and other useful information.

As explained by the Assembly Chief Clerk and Senate Secretary, information on all Assembly and Senate measures is entered into the respective History System by the History Clerks. The Legislative Information System (LIS) is updated with the new data immediately. Every measure introduced by each Assembly Member and Senator is recorded in the Assembly History or the Senate History.

 

Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law.

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