McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

An important part of the California legislative process involves the preparation of analyses for legislators when considering bills. All of the committees, both policy and fiscal, prepare analyses of measures then the floors before the process repeats itself in the opposite house.

When reviewing bill analyses, an observer quickly notes the different approaches taken

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

California’s administrative agencies play a key role in state government and in public policy development in this state. That’s because there are over 200 state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions that have the authority to implement, interpret, and enforce state laws and regulations. These entities enjoy quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial powers.

Quasi-legislative power is the

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

Members of the public can examine California legislative records based upon the provisions of the Legislative Open Records Act (“LORA”). Found in California’s Government Code, LORA was enacted in 1975 in order to allow public access to legislative records. LORA also limits the public’s right

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

Special districts are agencies that provide specialized services across the state. Special districts are created and governed by the local residents who vote to form them and each special district provides specified services for which they were created.

In general, special districts are governed by a Board

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

Members of the California judiciary are selected in one of two ways. Trial judges serve in the superior courts are elected by voters at an election for six year terms. The race is non-partisan. If there is a vacancy at the Superior Court level, the vacancy is filled by an appointment by the Governor.

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

Today’s post is on some of the unique aspects of California’s electoral system.

As you know, there are nine constitutional offices that are elected statewide and 120 legislative offices. Constitutional officers run once every four years and are limited to running for a constitutional office two

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

Article II of the California Constitution sets forth the three forms of direct democracy used in this state – the initiative, referendum, and recall.

The initiative is the power of the electors to propose statutes and amendments to the state Constitution. An initiative may be proposed by

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

While California statutes don’t provide general canons of statutory construction or interpretation, we can look at the California Civil Code for the Maxims of Jurisprudence. They are found in Division 4, Part 4 of the California Civil Code. What are these maxims? A “maxim” is generally defined