News Too Real: Let’s review the state of California legislative elected offices and their roles

Producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reviews California's legislative branch of office and what they do

By ONME Newswire

News Too Real April 12, 2022: In episode 12 of season 4, producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reviews the legislative branch of the California government; she discusses who serves in those positions now, what their roles are.

California State Assembly

The California State Assembly has 80 Members elected to two-year terms. Under the provisions of term limits, each Member elected on or after the passage of Proposition 28, in 2012, may serve a lifetime maximum of 12 years in the State Legislature.

Assembly Members are assigned to various committees to review bills according to a subject area.

The Speaker of the California State Assembly presides over the State Assembly. The Lieutenant Governor is the ex officio President of the Senate and may break a tied vote, and the President pro tempore of the California State Senate is elected by the majority party caucus. The Legislature meets in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Its session laws are published in the California Statutes and codified into the 29 California Codes.

California State Senate

The California State Senate has 40 Members elected to four-year terms. Like Assembly Members, State Senators elected on or after the passage of Proposition 28, in 2012, may serve a lifetime maximum of 12 years in the State Legislature.

The California State senate is the upper house of the bicameral California State legislature. The senate comprises of 40 senators, each of whom represent one district, with an average representative-to-constituent ratio of 1: 931,000 people, which renders California Senators as representatives with the most constituents of anywhere in the US. The senate is led by the Lieutenant Governor, with a majority party elected pro tem president. The senate has 23 standing committees, which span from agriculture, to human services, to veteran affairs. Primary responsibilities of a senator include: developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, allocating spending, and redistricting in collaboration with other senators and the house of representatives. Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments.


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