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California Legislative History: Ballot Initiatives

Compiling a California legislative history can be time-consuming. This Guide is intended to help you through the process of examining legislative intent by taking you step-by-step through the sources of CA legislative intent in our library and online.
URL: http://libguides.law.ucla.edu/callegislativehistory

Guide Outline

  1. AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS
     
  2. STEPS TO FINDING DOCUMENTS
     
    1. Annotated Codes
      1. Chapter law & bill number
      2. Review citations
    2. Statutes and Amendments to the Codes
      1. Bill number
      2. Legislative Counsel’s Digest
    3. Senate Final History and Assembly Final History
    4. Bill Analyses
      1. Assembly File Analysis
      2. Committee and floor analyses 
      3. Senate Committee on Judiciary. Agenda
    5. Bill Text Amendments
    6. Hearings and Reports
      1. UCLA Library Catalog
      2. California Law Revision Commission
      3. California State publications
      4. Senate and Assembly Journals 
    7. Other Useful Sources
      1. State Assembly Chief Clerk Archives
      2. Pacific Law Journal 
      3. CEB Review of Selected Code Legislation 
      4. California Judicial Council Report 
      5. California Journal
      6. Cases and law reviews
      7. Newspaper articles
         
  3. BALLOT INITIATIVES
     
  4. ADDITIONAL STEPS OUTSIDE THE UCLA LAW LIBRARY

Ballot Initiatives

To find intent for an initiative, which results from the power of the voters to propose and adopt statutes and amendments to the Constitution of California, you will need to review the voter pamphlets.  The Hastings College of the Law as two searchable online databases: California Ballot Propositions (1911-present) and California Ballot Initiatives (1912-present). In addition, the L.A. County Law Library has an excellent online compilation of ballot proposition information from 1980-present, which includes summaries of proposed measures, notes on whether the measure was passed, and citations to the sections affected.  Printed ballot information is also available in the UCLA Law Library on microfiche.

Library:

California. Secretary of State. Amendments to the Constitution and Proposed Statutes/Ballot Pamphlets. (1883- )
Microfiche KFC 20 C35 (Microform Room)

Internet

Hastings Law Library databases -- including ballot pamphlets:
http://library.uchastings.edu/library/
(click on “research resources” tab at the top)

L.A. County Law Library compilation of ballot pamphlets:
http://lalaw.lib.ca.us/research/ballots

California Elections Data Archive (developed in conjunction with the Center for California Studies and the CSU Sacramento Institute for Social Research) collects and compiles results from county, city, school district, and local ballot measure elections dating back to 1995.
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/county-city-school-district-election-results/