Welcome to OpenGovernment, a free and non-partisan public resource for government transparency. We're a new version of OpenCongress.org for California.
Track bills, votes, and money in the California legislature. Contact all of your elected officials. Click a category at left to get started, or find out who represents you below.
Legislators in the News
California State Legislature
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Nov. 6th, 2012
Nov. 2nd, 2010
The 2011-2012 session began on January 3rd, 2011 and is scheduled to run until September 9th, 2011. Last year, the vast majority of bills were introduced in February, followed by smaller peaks in March and July.
Here are more links with background on the California government and the best online explanations of how the legislative branch works:
- Reporting Transparency, the official California government site for transparency. This initial effort, besides being insufficiently user-friendly, still falls far short of meeting the Eight Principles of Open Government Data.
- Wikipedia articles on the Senate and Assembly
- Ballotpedia on the Legislature, 2010 Senate elections and 2010 Assembly elections
- OpenCongress pages for CA federal legislators, including Senators and Representatives
- OpenCongress Wiki's list of California state politics blogroll
- The National Council of State Legislatures' official blog, The Thicket, with more CA political blogs in the left-hand sidebar
- GovLoop - social networking for government, including employees from federal, state, and local government.
- CalWatchDog, "an independent, Sacramento-based journalism venture providing original investigative reports and news stories covering California state government."
- Stateline - a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that practices journalism in the public interest by reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics. A project of the Pew Center on the States.
- Sunshine Review - California, a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency.
- Common Cause - California, a non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization.
- California State Laws online on the Cornell University Legal Information Institute (LII).
- Official CA State Government portal from USA.gov.
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How did we get the above information? Well, almost no U.S. legislature (including California) makes its data available in ways that are fully open, so we had to work around them. Read more about our data sources