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The Process of Lawmaking
The process of lawmaking

A legislature performs a number of functions in the governmental system. It provides constituents with representation and service. It appropriates monies for the operations of government. It oversees the executive branch and the performance of state programs. Mainly it makes law. When the legislature is in session, its principal business—besides the budget (which we shall consider separately in chapter 8, below)—is processing bills and enacting laws. In the words of a former California assemblyman, “The nature of legislators is to legislate, and that is what they do.”1

From Bill to Law

Despite what the public believes, access to the legislative calendar is not difficult to achieve. Practically any organized group in the state, as well as many influential or persistent ...

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