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Update from the California Legislature

State budget, bills passed, bills awaiting Governor’s signature or veto

By Chris Micheli, July 20, 2021 1:37 pm

With the Legislature on its annual summer recess, it is a good opportunity to survey what has been happening with legislation between the two houses.

State Budget

First, the following is a summary of budget-related legislation so far this Session:

2020-21 Budget – 4 budget bills junior as part of early action items, along with 14 early action trailer bills

2021-22 Budget – 1 main budget bill and 3 budget bills junior, along with 28 trailer bills (including this morning’s measures)

That is 50 budget-related bills so far with more to come when the Legislature reconvenes on August 16

Committee Referrals

Second, the following charts have been updated to reflect second house bill referrals. These charts only list “original bill referrals,” meaning the first committee or sole committee of reference. So, bills that are double-referred are not reflected in these charts for their second committee referrals.

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

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

Bill Actions

Third, the following is a summary of bill actions in the two houses thru July 15:

SENATE

SBs introduced – 828

SBs passed by Senate – 550

Senate passed 66% of the bills its Members introduced

SBs enrolled – 48

SBs chaptered – 27

(note that the Governor still has bills to be acted upon)

ASSEMBLY

ABs introduced – 1,593

ABs passed by Assembly – 792

ABs refused passage by Assembly – 7

Assembly passed 49.7% of the bills its Members introduced

ABs enrolled – 88

ABs chaptered – 70

(note that the Governor still has bills to be acted upon)

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