Citizens of this state are most familiar with bills, which propose to add, amend, or repeal statutes, and require final action by the Governor. But the California Legislature considers several other types of legislative measures, which generally do not require final action by the state’s chief executive.
What are these types of legislative measures and what are they used for?
Assembly Bill (AB) / Senate Bill (SB)A proposed law that would add,
amend, or repeal one or more
Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) /
Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA)A resolution to put before voters to
add, amend, or repeal provisions of
the state Constitution
Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) /
Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR)Expresses opinion of both houses of
Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) / Senate
Joint Resolution (SJR)Expresses opinion of both houses of
The Legislature regarding a federal
Governor’s Reorganization Plan (GRP)A measure to reorganize executive
branch departments that requires
approval of the Legislature
House Resolution (HR)Expresses opinion of the Assembly
Senate Resolution (SR)Expresses opinion of the Senate
In total, then, there are eleven different types of measures used in the California Legislature. The most widely used measure is a bill, particularly ABs, and the least widely used measure is the Governor’s Reorganization Plan.
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