FAQs

Please use this document to answer questions before you contact the committee staff. Thank you!

How can I testify at a hearing?

Anyone wanting to comment on the support or opposition of a bill on our agenda is welcome.  We take two people to testify for each side as primary witnesses.  If you wish to be a primary witness, please contact the Author’s office. After the primary witnesses, we ask that anyone else wishing to be recorded on the record state only name, their organization, and their position on the bill.

When is the deadline for submitting support or opposition letters?

Five (5) business days prior to the Tuesday the bill is set for hearing.

There are several ways you can submit a letter:

1.         Email them to the consultant analyzing the bill -  randy.chinn@sen.ca.gov OR manny.leon@sen.ca.gov

2.         Hand delivered to the committee office – State Capitol Room 2209

We will no longer be accepting letters via the advocacy portal due to issues with implementation of the program. 

Please note:

It is not the policy of the committee to make sure your letters get to all the members of the committee.  You are encouraged to drop off or mail your letter to each member individually.  Please see the “Member Roster” link on our home page for full contact details on each member of the committee.

We cannot reflect the support or opposition for any bill in the analysis without a hard copy of the letter, on letterhead.  Again, letters that are received via email, or mail are all acceptable.

In what order will the bills be heard on hearing day?

We hear bills in file order.  As is customary, any members of the committee that have bills on the agenda go at the end of other authors' presentations.

When does the committee have to have amendments on a bill being heard at the next bill hearing?

The amendments must be in leg counsel form and submitted to the committee no later than the Monday prior to the Tuesday the bill is set for hearing.  We need the original signed by the author, plus 12 copies for a total of 13. Additionally, please email an electronic version of the amendments and the “in text” version to katie.bonin@sen.ca.gov and ted.morley@sen.ca.gov

How can I get a video copy of a committee hearing?

All committee hearings are televised.  If you would like to request a video copy of a hearing, please contact Senate TV directly at 916-651-1531.  There is a small fee.  Effective January 2014, you can view a video recording of the hearing at http://senate.ca.gov/video-on-demand when it is televised.

How can I make an appointment to meet with one of the committee consultants?

Please call the committee’s direct line (916-651-4121) and ask to speak with the specific consultant.  Each consultant schedules their own meetings. You are also welcome to drop by at your convenience; however, availability cannot be guaranteed.

When are the analyses available to the public?

Most often our analyses are available by Friday afternoon prior to the Tuesday hearing.  The analyses are available electronically on www.leginfo.ca.gov.  Hard copies are available on the wall outside of the committee office in the Capitol, Room 2209. 

Who are the members of your committee and how can I contact them?

A complete list of the committee members and their staff contacts can be found under the “Member Roster” on the home page of our committee website.

When do urgency measures take effect?

Immediately after the Governor signs them.

 

 

Committee Address

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