Policy Analysis, California

One strategy for analyzing government public policy is to trace the legislative history of a public law or program. Reading the primary documents created during the legislative process will help you determine the problem or issue the Legislature was addressing and the intent of the Legislature when it passed the bill or created the program. The process of studying legislative materials is sometimes referred to as tracing or compiling a legislative history.

Featured resource

California State Library: Studies in the News
[ http://library.sdsu.edu/guides/resourcelink.php?id=4534 ]

Studies in the News (SITN) is a current compilation of policy-related items significant to the Legislature and Governor's Office. It is created weekly by the State Library's Research Bureau and Information Resources and Government Publications to supplement the public policy debate in California's Capitol. To help share the latest information with state employees and other interested individuals, these reading lists are now being made accessible through the State Library's website.

Research assistance

Carolyn Baber
Law & Government Information Librarian
Office: Library Addition 1101A
Phone: (619) 594-6990
cbaber AT mail DOT sdsu DOT edu
Reference Desk
General Research Assistance
Location: 1st Floor Library Addition
Phone: (619) 594-6728
eref AT rohan DOT sdsu DOT edu

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