This guide will show you how to find documents created during the legislative process in California.
Pre- or post- 1993?
When was the legislation passed? Starting in about 1993, a large amount of California legislative materials are digitized. For research pre-1993, you will need to do print research, and, in some cases, visit the State Archives in Sacramento.
Steps for finding legislative documents:
Gather identifying information. Before you start, you must collect the identifying about the statute. WRITE THIS INFORMATION DOWN.
Read the code annotations. West's and Deering's annotated codes may briefly summarize amendments to the code or provision, refer you to other related code sections, and cite legislative documents, such as committee reports, legislative counsel opinions, law revision commission reports, attorney general opinions, regulations, and more.
Go to the State Archives. This is often a necessary step if you are researching pre-1993 (pre-Internet) legislation.
For more information on the legislative process see: