Learn more about key bills that could affect classified employees, public education and working families or download the Governmental Relations Report, which has a complete listing of current bills that CSEA supports and opposes.

How CSEA decides to support a bill

CSEA’s Governmental Relations staff researches and makes recommendations on legislation that is ultimately voted on by the CSEA Board of Directors. CSEA members also initiate legislation by writing resolutions to be voted upon at the union’s annual conference. Approved legislative resolutions are then forwarded to the Governmental Relations Department, which works with lawmakers interested in championing the cause expressed in the resolution. The lawmaker becomes the author of the legislation and introduces it as a bill in the Legislature.

Legislative Process

The California State Legislature is comprised of two houses, the Assembly and the Senate. The legislative process requires most bills to pass through a policy and fiscal committee in each house. In addition, a bill must achieve passage off both the Assembly and Senate floors before going to the Governor for final action. A bill can take up to two years to move through the Legislature and reach the Governor's desk. The Governor then has 15 days to sign the bill into law or veto it.