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CA Government and legislative process. Executive Branch—plural executive and statewide offices. Governor 2 four year terms Lt Governor Serves as governor if s/he dies Attorney General Chief legal prosecutor for the state Secretary of State Oversees elections Treasurer Controller

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executive branch plural executive and statewide offices
Executive Branch—plural executive and statewide offices.
  • Governor
  • 2 four year terms
  • Lt Governor
  • Serves as governor if s/he dies
  • Attorney General
  • Chief legal prosecutor for the state
  • Secretary of State
  • Oversees elections
  • Treasurer
  • Controller
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Insurance Commissioner
powers of the governor
Powers of the Governor
  • Appointment
  • Staff and Department heads
  • SC and Appellate judges, court vacancies
  • Veto
  • Including line-item veto
  • Proposes legislation and budget
  • Grant parole, pardon, and commutation of sentences
removal
Removal
  • By impeachment or by recall
legislature
Legislature
  • Assembly
  • 80 members, 2 year terms
  • 48 Dem 32 Rep
  • Leadership: Speaker of the Assembly, Fabian Nunez
  • Senate
  • 40 members, 4 year terms, staggered elections
  • 25 Dem 15 Rep
  • Leadership: President Pro Tem, Don Perata
professionalization and backlash
Professionalization and backlash
  • 1966 Legislature becomes full-time, highest pay, more staff—model of professionalism
  • 1990 Term limits introduced
districts
Districts
  • since Reynolds v Simms (1964), all districts must have roughly equal population
locally assembly
Locally--Assembly
  • 19 District—Gene Mullin (D)
contd
contd
  • 12 District—Leland Yee
local senate representation
Local Senate Representation
  • 8th Senate District—Jackie Speier
  • 3rd District—Carole Migden
how a bill becomes a law
How a bill becomes a law

If bill requires an appropriation, needs 2/3 of both houses

ca congressional delegation
CA Congressional delegation
  • 53 Representatives to the House
  • Locally: Nancy Pelosi and Tom Lantos
  • 2 US Senators
  • Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer
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