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California Globe 2021 Legislative Session in Review

Globe contributor Chris Micheli analyzes some of the key metrics of the just completed Session

By Chris Micheli, October 9, 2021 10:08 pm

With the conclusion of the 2021 Legislative Session, it is time to provide the annual review of legislative bill data. The following are some of the key metrics of the just completed Session:

Bills Introduced:

Senate 828

Assembly 1,593

Total: 2,421

Summary of Senate Bills:

Introduced – 828

Passed out of house of origin – 551

Signed by the governor – 292

Vetoed by the governor – 21

Summary of Assembly Bills:

Introduced – 1,593

Passed out of house of origin – 793

Failed passage on the Floor – 8

Signed by the governor – 478

Vetoed by the governor – 45

2021 Assembly Committees and Original Bill Referrals

Committee

ABs Referred

SBs Referred

Total Referrals

Accountability and Administrative Review

25

4

29

Aging and Long-Term Care

9

1

10

Agriculture

20

7

27

Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media

9

4

13

Banking and Finance

17

9

26

Budget

87

100

187

Business and Professions

79

19

98

Communications and Conveyance

13

7

20

Education

75

21

96

Elections

26

17

43

Emergency Management

27

6

33

Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials

34

7

41

Governmental Organization

45

15

60

Health

129

58

187

Higher Education

54

7

61

Housing and Community Development

87

18

105

Human Services

55

13

68

Insurance

41

13

54

Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy

19

4

23

Judiciary

54

27

81

Labor and Employment

52

17

69

Local Government

52

29

81

Military and Veterans Affairs

5

6

11

Natural Resources

95

26

121

Privacy and Consumer Protection

33

4

37

Public Employment and Retirement

27

10

37

Public Safety

118

33

151

Revenue and Taxation

66

14

80

Transportation

70

16

86

Utilities and Energy

27

14

41

Waters, Parks, and Wildlife

31

17

48

TOTALS

1,485

543

2,028

2021 Senate Committees and Original Bill Referrals

Committee

SBs Referred

ABs Referred

Total Referrals

Agriculture

6

11

17

Banking and Financial Institutions

10

9

19

Budget & Fiscal Review

91

96

187

Business, Professions and Economic Development

33

66

99

Education

39

66

105

Elections and Constitutional Amendments

21

10

31

Energy, Utilities and Communications

26

18

44

Environmental Quality

18

38

56

Governance and Finance

53

41

94

Governmental Organization

32

52

84

Health

55

63

118

Housing

17

28

45

Human Services

17

33

50

Insurance

4

4

8

Judiciary

36

65

101

Labor, Public Employment and Retirement

28

46

74

Military and Veterans Affairs

3

4

7

Natural Resources and Water

35

32

67

Public Safety

42

73

115

Transportation

28

27

55

TOTALS:

594

782

1,376

Second House Suspense File Actions

Assembly

The Assembly Appropriations Committee acted on 205 measures from its Suspense File and passed 80% of them.

Just over half the measures passed were amended by the fiscal committee.

The Committee held the remaining 20% of the bills. (I count “2-year bills” as being held on Suspense.)

Democrat-authored measures were 90% of the total measures on Suspense and 84% of them passed.

Republican-authored measures were 10% of the total measures on Suspense and 47% of them passed.

Senate

The Senate Appropriations Committee acted on 322 measures from its Suspense File and passed 79% of them.

Just over half of the measures passed were amended by the fiscal committee.

The Committee held the remaining 21% of the bills. (I count “2-year bills” as being held on Suspense.)

Democrat-authored measures were 92% of the total measures on Suspense and 80% of them passed.

Republican-authored measures were 7% of the total measures on Suspense and 68% of them passed.

The 2022 Legislative Session commences on January 3.

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