The California Gambling Control Commission (“CGCC”) consists of five members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Commission is vested with jurisdiction and supervision over gambling establishments in California. The CGCC is responsible for setting policy, establishing regulations, issuing gambling licenses, and acting as the administrator of gaming revenues that are

California’s state tax system involves five different departments:

(1) the Franchise Tax Board (FTB)

(2) California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)

(3) the Employment Development Department (EDD)

(4) State Board of Equalization (SBE)

(5) Office of Tax Appeals (OTA)

Although the EDD is the largest tax agency in California, the FTB is

The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) is tasked with the development, adoption, approval, publication, and implementation of California’s building codes. The Commission was established in 1953. The Commission is in the Department of General Services, which falls under the Government Operations Agency.

The CBSC consists of the Secretary of the Government Operations Agency

California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) was created in 1975. It was created to ensure peace in the fields of California by guaranteeing justice for all agricultural workers and stability in agricultural labor relations. Among its duties, the ALRB provides orderly processes for protecting, implementing, and enforcing rights and responsibilities of employees, employers, and

You might be surprised to know that news coverage of California government agencies is actually covered in California statute. In 1965, two sections were added to California’s Government Code to address the topic.

It’s two code sections, Government Code Sections 6090 and 6091. 6090 contains a statement of legislative findings and intent, that it’s

In 1990, California voters created the California Citizens’ Compensation Commission by passing Prop 112. The Commission’s purpose is to set the salaries and benefits of California’s elected officials – taking the power out of the hands of the Legislature and Governor and putting it in the hands of the people. In 2009, another ballot

The state constitution provides a number of voting rights for its residents. These are found in Article II, which was most recently amended by Prop 14 on June 9, 1976. Article II includes several sections related to voters and voting and is mainly focused on the forms of direct democracy: initiative, referendum, and recall.

For those of you who need to research the legislative intent of a bill that was enacted into law in California, you need to look at a number of options to conduct your research. I will describe some of those avenues here.

First, be sure that you have a general understanding of how bills

When drafting bills and amendments in this state, there are a number of key reminders that are worth reviewing. At a most basic level, every bill draft should clearly describe who’s required or allowed to do what, what’s required, or allowed to be done. Any necessary definitions should be provided. Any exemptions, penalties, and

There are two types of approaches to interpreting statutes; literalism and purposive. Literalism is generally defined as the interpretation of words in their usual or most basic sense, while purposive is generally defined as the interpretation of words based upon having or being done with a purpose. If you look at a historical context