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California Legislative History

This guide provides an overview of California legislative history materials available at Rains Library, as well as a how-to guide to perform your own legislative history.

Locating Committee Hearings and Reports

Committee hearings are meetings of small groups of legislators who hear testimony on a bill. The U.S. Congress routinely publishes both committee hearings (print compilations of hearing transcripts and materials submitted to the committee) and committee reports (reports that are, at least nominally, authored by the committee itself, as opposed to bill analyses written by the committee staff.)

The California legislature only rarely publishes committee hearings and reports and tracking down the ones it has published can be difficult.

First, for bills passed from 1946 to 1970, check for committee reports in the appendices to the:

Second, search library catalogs to locate copies of committee hearings and reports in print. Generally, the most effective search method is to search the committee name in the Author field, in the format "California. Legislature. Assembly Committee on..." or "California. Legislature. Senate Committee on..."

Finally, check lists of committee hearings, reports, and other government publications: