Understanding the California Legislative Process

Author(s): Chris Micheli

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2020

Pages: 274


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Understanding the California Legislative Process is one of the few that is focused exclusively on the California legislative process. The book is a compilation of short chapters on the state legislative process. Although focused on California, the book provide insights into the legislative process that will apply in most of the 50 states. Beginning with a discussion about the Legislature’s powers as set forth in the state constitution, the bill delves deeply into the legislative process, including information about support entities, deadlines, types of sessions, and some of the challenges and obstacles found in the legislative process.

In addition, bill introductions and referrals, committee procedures and hearings are examined, as well as floor procedures, with a thorough review of bills and amendments. The book covers legislative publications and resources available, before turning to a discussion of ethics and the conduct of legislators and their staff.

Thereafter, the book examines some of the influences on the legislative process, such as interest groups and the media, before reviewing how to draft and analyze bills. As part of this review, several chapters address statutory interpretation and legislative intent and history research. The book also explores the role of the executive branch in the legislative process and details the state budget process.

The book concludes with a discussion about the many misconceptions of the legislative process and makes several suggestions for reform. Finally, the book includes several appendices including further reference materials for the reader and an index of topics for quick reference.

Chris Micheli

Prior to forming Aprea & Micheli, Chris Micheli owned his own lobbying and consulting firm, Snodgrass & Micheli, LLC. He has substantial legislative and regulatory experience in the areas of state and local taxation, transportation, civil liability, privacy, insurance, labor and employment, health care, and procurement. He has represented a number of major clients including the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mercury Insurance, Mattel, Lockheed Martin, Chevron/Texaco, the California Ambulance Association, and the California Grocers Association.

As a legislative advocate, Chris regularly testifies before policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, as well as a number of administrative agencies, departments, and boards. He regularly drafts legislative and regulatory language, and is considered a leading authority on state tax law developments and California's knife laws. The Wall Street Journal (July 1998) called him "one of the top three business tax lobbyists in the state." The Los Angeles Times (May 2005) described him as an "elite lobbyist," and Capitol Weekly (August 2006) described him as a "prominent lobbyist."

Chris has been an attorney of record in several key cases, having argued before the Supreme Court of California (just two years out of law school), as well as the Court of Appeal on several occasions. He has filed more than fifteen amicus curiae briefs in California courts. He has published over six hundred and fifty articles in professional journals, and more than one hundred editorials in newspapers and trade magazines, whose diverse subjects range from tax incentives to transportation funding. He writes regularly for several journals including the CEB Business Law Reporter and California Tax Lawyer.  His editorials have appeared in a number of daily newspapers, most of the business journals in this state, and all of California's daily legal newspapers. In addition, his work has been cited in court briefs, books, law review articles, and by the Congressional Research Service.

Chris is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he received his B.A. in Political Science - Public Service, and was named an "Outstanding Graduating Senior." He obtained his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was on the Dean's Honor Roll in his final year. He is admitted to practice law before all of the state and federal courts in California. Chris also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law where he teaches Lawmaking in California.  Additionally, Chris has been qualified as an expert witness on California's knife laws in superior court, and has appeared as an expert witness before the State Board of Equalization in several key tax cases. He resides in Sacramento with his wife, Liza, and children, Morgan, Francesca, and Vincenzo.

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