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California Legislative History

A guide to researching legislative history in California

Step 2: Read the code annotations

Read the notes and history in the annotated codes, which may list documents such as committee reports, Legislative Counsel opinions, Law Revision reports, Attorney General opinions, and law review articles. When using print versions of the code, check the pocket part for amendments and additional materials. 

Where to find

  1. West's Annotated California Codes
  2. Deering's California Codes Annotated
    • Lexis: Search Deering's California Code Annotated for the code section. 
    • Library: KFC 30.5 D41