McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

The general business affairs of each house of the California Legislature are conducted by each house’s respective Committee on Rules. While the roles of the Senate and Assembly Committee on Rules are largely similar, they are different in several aspects.

As far as similarities are concerned, both committees:

  • Consider substantive legislation
  • Continue in existence

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

There are a number of sections in California’s Government Code that set forth the operation of statutes and resolutions. These statutes in the Government Code were enacted back in 1943 and can be found in Title II, Division 2, Part 1, Chapter 6 of California’s Government Code.

Included in the many sections of this

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

Generally, the committees deal with legislation before passing measures to the floor of either the Senate or the Assembly. However, there are rare instances where legislators choose to return a bill to committee when that measure is pending on either floor. There are times when legislators desire to pull or withdraw a bill out

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

With the Legislature operating, but under social distancing guidelines, I thought I’d use this space to recount my experiences conducting business in the Legislature during the pandemic.

There’s roughly only one staffer per office, although most legislators have been in the building to at least participate in legislative hearings, and as of last week,

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

As spelled out in Article II, Section 13 of the California Constitution, the recall is the power of the electors to remove an elected officer. The process is initiated by filing a petition alleging a reason for the recall. But per Section 14 of Article II, “sufficiency of reason is not reviewable.” As such,

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

What are some of the standard bases for gubernatorial vetoes and what are some of the themes that have emerged with Governor Newsom’s vetoes? This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it gives a flavor for some of the things chief executives might use to determine whether to sign or veto pending

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

California’s Constitution grants the Governor, subject to approval by the Legislature, the authority to assign and reorganize functions among the executive officers and agencies as well as their employees. This reorganization of the executive branch of government is called a Governor’s Reorganization Plan or more commonly referred to as a GRP.

As such, a

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

According to the American League of Lobbyists, there’s no specific degree or even formal training to become a lobbyist. That said, most lobbyists typically have a college degree. Some even have graduate or professional degrees. An understanding of how business and government interrelate is valuable to those interested in the profession. Many of those

McGeorge Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli

As you might surmise, there are a number of aspects of a policy advocacy strategy that has to be put together and developed. These include: identifying your issue, your goals, determining the relevant decision makers, identifying those who can influence the decision maker or the decision makers, identifying opposition and the obstacles to reaching