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Finding California Law (Legal Research): Legislative

Information on the California legal system.

California Legislative Research Guides

These research guides can provide more detailed information about the California Legislative Process. Note that these guides were written by other libraries and may contain links and other information that is only available to affiliated users. To determine if we have the item, search Library Search.

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California Code

The Calfornia code (a subject arrangement of current law) contains 29 codes covering various subject areas. Bills passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor become effective January 1 of the following year and become statutes. Statutes are assigned a "chapter number," and published in chronological order by session of the legislature in Statutes of California and Amendments to the Codes. Unlike the federal code, there is no "official" code published by the government.