The California Legislature 101: Unscrambling California’s Legislative Process

RAMP hosted the second in a series of webinars for CAFA members on November 30th, 2011.  This webinar, The California Legislature 101: Unscrambling the California’s Legislative Process, served as an introduction to the legislative process for individuals new to CAFA and state policy work as well as a refresher for those looking to sharpen their understanding of California law-making.

Important decisions get made all the time in the state capital, yet following how an idea becomes a law can be confusing.  It is easy to get lost in the jargon of legislative activity:

  • What does it mean when a bill is put on “suspense”?
  • How many times does a bill get voted on?
  • What’s the difference between a bill sponsor and a bill author?

In reality, the legislative process is fairly straightforward and much easier to follow with a basic understanding of the underlying structure.  This interactive webinar shed light on how a bill makes its way through the California legislature.

Led by RAMP’s Policy Associate, Brandon Kitagawa, participants of this webinar learned:

  • How an idea gets turned into a law
  • The structure of the state legislature
  • Key advocacy opportunities during the legislative process

To view a recording of the webinar click here.