The Legislative Process in the Assembly
This is a broad summary of the legislative process in the Assembly. The process is the same in the Senate. There are many details in the process that can affect a bill since the Legislature makes its own rules and can amend or suspend them.
The Committee Hearing
Passage in the Assembly
The Best Time for Citizen Action
It is as the point when the bill is assigned to the Rules Committee that it becomes very important for citizens concerned about the bill to learn what committee it has been assigned to and the names of committee members. This is the first time that contacts should be made to legislators regarding the bill. Letters and phone calls from individual constituents and interested groups do affect how members vote. Members should be contacted during debate periods and in fact throughout the process.
An excellent web site to help in researching the various bills and the legislators who are introducing them is https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/. It is a fairly easy site to navigate and makes it very simple to monitor the bills that your representative is introducing.
There are three ways to effectively contact legislators: mailed letters, e-mails without attachments (write your letter directly in the e-mail) and phone calls to local legislative offices.
Here is the contact information for legislators who represent Sonoma County.
Cecilia Aguiar-Curry- 4thAssembly District - Covers Rohnert Park in Sonoma County, Glen Ellen. firstname.lastname@example.org
(916) 319-2004 Fax: (916) 319-2104 Room 5144
Jim Wood– 2ndAssembly District - Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, Mendocino and Northwest Sonoma County email@example.com
(916) 319-2002 Fax: (916) 319-2102 Room 6005
Mark Levine– 10thAssembly District - Covers southern part of Sonoma County
(916) 319-2010 Fax: (916) 319-2110 Room 5135
Mike McGuire – Senate District 2 - Covers Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, Mendocino and Sonoma County firstname.lastname@example.org
(916) 651-4002 Room 5061