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The Astounding Workload of the California Legislature’s Committees

There were 4,476 bills introduced during the 2021-22 Legislative Session

By Chris Micheli, September 3, 2022 8:04 am

The California Legislature has a combined 55 standing committees, with 33 in the Assembly and 22 in the Senate. There were 4,476 bills introduced during the 2021-22 Legislative Session. Those standing committees, and their hardworking consultants (along with their minority party counterparts), reviewed and analyzed thousands of bills during the past two years. 

The following charts provide the data for the original bill referrals to policy committees during the 2022 Session (meaning the first committee that received a bill from the Rules Committee):

2021-22 Assembly Committees and Original Bill Referrals

(Note that these figures do not include second committee referrals; and, Appropriations and Rules Committees are not included; historically, about 85% of all bills go through the Appropriations Committee)

Committee ABs Referred SBs Referred Total Referrals
Accountability and Administrative Review 41 15 56
Aging and Long-Term Care 19 3 22
Agriculture 37 11 48
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media 13 7 20
Banking and Finance 36 14 50
Budget 89 100 189
Business and Professions 140 46 186
Communications and Conveyance 30 8 38
Education 154 55 209
Elections 54 24 78
Emergency Management 42 11 53
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials 66 17 83
Governmental Organization 74 30 104
Health 237 116 353
Higher Education 121 16 137
Housing and Community Development 149 41 190
Human Services 101 35 136
Insurance 65 23 88
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy 29 8 37
Judiciary 130 70 200
Labor and Employment 92 28 120
Local Government 101 53 154
Military and Veterans Affairs 14 9 23
Natural Resources 164 73 237
Privacy and Consumer Protection 61 13 74
Public Employment and Retirement 46 24 70
Public Safety 252 80 332
Revenue and Taxation 120 36 156
Transportation 144 41 185
Utilities and Energy 51 32 83
Waters, Parks, and Wildlife 61 35 96
TOTALS 2,733 1,074 3,807

Of the Assembly standing committees, they handled collectively a total of 2,733 ABs and 1,074 SBs during the 2021-22 Session.

2021-22 Senate Committees and Original Bill Referrals

(Note that these figures do not include second committee referrals; and, Appropriations and Rules Committees are not included; historically, about 85% of all bills go through the Appropriations Committee)

Committee SBs Referred ABs Referred Total Referrals
Agriculture 10 16 26
Banking and Financial Institutions 15 17 32
Budget & Fiscal Review 92 96 188
Business, Professions and Economic Development 69 122 191
Education 68 180 248
Elections and Constitutional Amendments 29 31 60
Energy, Utilities and Communications 46 40 86
Environmental Quality 42 86 128
Governance and Finance 93 88 181
Governmental Organization 63 106 169
Health 110 153 263
Housing 26 65 91
Human Services 37 70 107
Insurance 9 11 20
Judiciary 74 145 229
Labor, Public Employment and Retirement 57 93 150
Military and Veterans Affairs 6 9 15
Natural Resources and Water 66 73 139
Public Safety 85 147 232
Transportation 42 78 120
TOTALS: 1,039 1,626 2,665

Of the Senate standing committees, they handled collectively a total of 1,039 SBs and 1,626 ABs during the 2021-22 Session.

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  1. Working hard to spread and establish their Marxism. More redistribution of wealth, more regulations on fast food businesses. The legislature would be better off staying home and giving the state a breather.

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