Glossary of Terms
Assembly Constitutional Amendment.
Assembly Joint Resolution.
Formal proposal to change the language of a bill after it has been introduced.
The lower House of the CA Legislature; 80 members.
A bill is signed by the Governor and placed into statute by the Secretary of State.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (Federal).
Bound volumes of law organized by subject matter.
One house approving a bill as amended in the other house.
- Consent Calendar
A group of noncontroversial bills passed by a committee or either house on one vote.
California Performance Review.
Department of Health Services.
A brief statement by Legislative Counsel on the effect of a bill on existing law.
Department of Managed Health Care.
- Double Refer
Legislation recommended for referral to two policy committees.
A bill is passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor.
- Extraordinary Session
A special session of the legislature, called by the Governor, to address only those issues specified in the proclamation.
- First Reading
The first of three readings of a bill prior to floor debate.
Senate or assembly Chambers.
- Policy Committee
Sets up public hearings on bills; makes recommendations to the Senate and Assembly.
Senate Constitutional Amendment.
- Second Reading
Second of three readings prior to debate; following Policy Committee.
The Upper House of the Legislature; 40 members.
Senate Joint Resolution.