The California Legislature may seem daunting, but armed with a simple understanding of the legislative process, you can become an effective lobbyist almost overnight. The resources below will provide the basic information you need to succeed in personal visits and letter writing.
Roster Quick Guides Get the phone and fax numbers (both in-district offices and Capitol offices) and email addresses for your California legislators — fast — from these quick guides prepared by the CFT Legislative Department.
Get to know California’s 80 assemblymembers. (pdf, 4pp)
Get to know California’s 40 senators. (pdf, 2pp)
Overview of Legislative Process
A concise description of how a bill becomes law, from bill introduction to passage and placement in the California Code. Prepared by the Legislative Council. (pdf, 2p)
How a Bill Becomes a Law
This flowchart diagrams the paths a bill can take in the California Legislature. (pdf, 1p)
Learn how legislative bills get named and how to decode bill prefixes. Prepared by the CFT Legislative Department. (pdf, 1p)
Glossary of Legislative Terms
Navigate the Legislature more quickly by understanding key definitions ranging from “Conference Committee” to “veto override.” Prepared by the CFT Legislative Department. (pdf, 2pp)
How to Lobby in Person
Tips for successful personal visits with your elected officials. Prepared by the CFT Legislative Department. (pdf, 1p)
Letter Writing Tips
How to write effective (and proper) letters to your legislators. Prepared by the CFT Legislative Department. (pdf, 1p)
Need more legislative definitions? Here’s the source. The California Legislature maintains a comprehensive A-Z glossary of legislative terms online, easily accessible by clicking a letter of the alphabet.