FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


We receive many questions, requests and comments about the Legislative Information site. We have listed the most Frequently Asked Questions and our responses for your convenience.

How current is the information on this web site?
The bill information on our web site is updated nightly after the Legislature has completed its work for the day.

How current is the California Law information on this web site?
On January 1st of each year, the California Law database is updated with all new laws that become effective on January 1st of that calendar year. The California Law database is also updated as bills are passed and become effective during the Legislative Session.

Is the system available while updates are being made?
Yes. Updates to our system do not require that the system be "down." Our system is available 24 hours a day, except for scheduled maintenance periods. In the case of scheduled maintenance, an announcement will be placed on the Official Legislative Information home page (www.leginfo.ca.gov).

Can I access legislation prior to 1993 from this web site?
No. This site contains legislation from the 1993-1994 Regular Session of the Legislature to the current time. Information on older legislation may be obtained by contacting the State Law Library at 916-654-0185.

How can I find what bills have had legislative action taken on the previous day?
The Daily Updates (Assembly or Senate) contain a list of bills that have had legislative action taken on the previous day. You can display information on any bill on the list by clicking on the underlined item.

How can I find a current bill or bills from previous legislative sessions?
       1. Click the "Bill Information" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov).
       2. Next to "SESSION", click the down arrow to select the session year from the drop down list.
       3. Enter the number in the "Bill Number" box, then click search.
       4. Click the specific bill of interest from the list displayed.

How can I find bills from an extraordinary session?
       1. Click the "Bill Information" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov).
       2. Next to "SESSION", click the down arrow to select the session year from the drop down list.
       3. Click the "Bill Number" button or the "Keyword(s)" button.
       4. Enter either the corresponding bill number or corresponding keywords in the box.
          (i.e., sbx1 for Senate bills in the 1st extraordinary session, or abx2 for Assembly bills in the 2nd extraordinary session.)
       5. Click the specific bill of interest from the list displayed.

To search for other measures in extraordinary sessions:
       1. Click the "Bill Information" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov).
       2. Next to "SESSION", click the down arrow to select the session year from the drop down list.
       3. Click the "Bill Number" button or the "Keyword(s)" button.
       4. Enter either the corresponding bill number or corresponding keywords in the box.
          (i.e., acrx3 for Assembly Concurrent Resolution in the 3rd extraordinary session.)
       5. Select the specific bill of interest from the list displayed.

How can I receive periodic information regarding legislative action?
By using our subscription service. We will email information to you whenever there is legislative action taken on a bill. The subscription service is available only for information on bills in the current legislative session. We do not provide information by subject matter. You can subscribe to more than one bill, however you must subscribe to each bill individually.
To subscribe to a bill:
       1. Click the "Bill Information" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov).
       2. Enter the information in the "Bill Number" box for the specific bill you wish to view, click search.
       3. Select the specific bill of interest from the list displayed.
       4. Scroll to the bottom of the Bill Document screen and click the "Subscribe" button.
       5. Enter your email address in the box, then click the "OK" button.

How can I see all the bills I have subscribed to?
       1. Click the "Bill Information" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov).
       2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen.
       3. Click the "Subscription List" button.
       4. Enter your email address in the box then click "OK" button.

How can I unsubscribe to a bill?
You can unsubscribe to a bill in one of two ways.

OPTION 1:
       1. Display the bill you no longer wish to subscribe to on your screen.
       2. Scroll to the bottom of the Bill Document screen and click the "Unsubscribe" button.

OPTION 2:
       1.Click on the "Subscription List" button that is available by clicking the "Bill Information" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov) or the Bill Document page for each bill.
       2. Enter your email address then click the "OK" button.
       3. Follow the directions on the Subscription list page.

How can I view a California code section?
       1. Click the "California Law" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov).
       2. Click the box by the specific code you wish to search.
       3. Click the "Search" button. The Table of Contents for that code will display.
       4. Scroll through the Table of Contents until you find the section (within the range of sections listed) that you wish to view.
       5. Click on the underlined numbers to display the text of the California code section.
       6. Scroll through the text until you find the desired section.

How can I obtain a copy of the entire California codes?
The full text of all 29 codes are available at this web site. You can download the entire California codes by using the FTP process by using groups of individual code sections based on the Table of Contents structure. See " File Transfer Protocol (FTP)" for assistance with the FTP process.

How can I obtain a printed copy of California codes?
We do not provide printed copies of the California codes. To obtain a copy of the codes in printed form, contact any of the legal publishing companies.

How can I view a chaptered version of a bill?
There are two ways to find a chaptered bill:

OPTION 1:
       1. Click the "California Law" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov)
       2. Click on the "Statutes" link.
       3. Enter the chapter number and year in the boxes then click the "Search" button.

OPTION 2:
       1. If you know the bill number for the chaptered bill, click the "Bill Information" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov).
       2. Next to "SESSION", click the down arrow to select the session year from the drop down list.
       3. Enter the specific "Bill Number" in the bill number box. Click search.
       4. Select the specific bill of interest from the list displayed.
       5. Click on the chaptered bill to display its text.


Do you have forms on your web site?
No. We do not have forms available on our web site. Check the Judicial Council's web site (www.courtinfo.ca.gov), or use any of the internet search sites to find other legal sites where forms may be available.

Where can I go for "Help"?
Most screens have help buttons. Click on the button to view the information pertinent to that screen. You can also request additional information or help by clicking the Feedback button and completing the information requested. However, we cannot give legal advice or opinions from this web site.

How do I access California legislative information over the Internet?
"A Guide for Accessing California Legislative Information on the Internet" is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/guide.html.

How can I access the California Code of Regulations?
The California Code of Regulations is available on a web site maintained by the Office of Administrative Law (http://www.oal.ca.gov) .

How can I obtain Legislators' e-mail addresses?
The U.S. Postal Service mailing address for each Legislator's Capitol and District Office as listed in the Daily File publication of each House is available by clicking the "Your Legislature" button on the home page of this site (www.leginfo.ca.gov). If a Legislator chooses to have a listed e-mail address, it can be found on the home page of his/her website. You can contact Assembly members through the Assembly Web Site at www.assembly.ca.gov or State Senators through the Senate Web Site at www.sen.ca.gov


Rev. 12/03/2002
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