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.

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Official California Legislative Information
[ http://library.sdsu.edu/guides/resourcelink.php?id=4535 ]

The official site of the legislative branch of California enables users to find bill information from the state assembly and state senate from 1993 to the current legislative session. Bill information includes the status, history, votes, analyses, and any veto messages. Users may search the site by bill number, author, keyword, or simply view an index of authors and bill numbers. Various legislative publications are also on this site, including state agency reports mandated by the legislature.

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