How our bill that will provide Judicial Council employees with the right to vote for workplace representation moves through the legislature:
1. Bill is introduced
After a legislator agrees to author the bill, the framework and language for the bill is sent to the Legislative Counsel where it is drafted. The drafted bill is returned to the legislator to introduce on the floor. A bill must be in print for 30 calendar days, giving time for public review, before it can be acted on.
2. Committee Hearings
The bill then goes to the Senate or Assembly Rules Committee where it is assigned to the appropriate policy committee for its first hearing. During the hearing the author presents the bill, people testify in support or opposition of the bill, and the committee acts on the bill. The committee can pass the bill, pass the bill as amended, or defeat the bill.
3. Readings and Floor Votes
Bills passed by committees are read a second time in the house of origin and then placed in the Daily File for a third reading. If a bill is reported without amendments, it is returned to the Assembly or Senate third reading file. When a bill is read the third time, it is explained by the author, discussed by the members, and voted on by a roll-call vote on the floor of that house. Once the house of origin approves the bill, it proceeds to the other house where steps 1-3 are repeated.
4. Bill goes to Governor
The bill then goes to the Governor. The Governor has three choices: they can sign the bill into law, allow it to become law without his or her signature, or veto it. For bills that reach the Governor after the end of the session, the Governor has 30 days to make this decision.