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State Bar of California
Founded in 1927 by the legislature, the State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court. All lawyers practicing in California must be members of the State Bar. The mission of the State Bar: "Preserve and improve our justice system in order to ensure a free and just society under the law."California Attorney General
The Attorney General represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before trial, appellate and the supreme courts of California and the United States. The Attorney General also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions. Exceptions to the centralized legal work done on behalf of the state are listed in Section 11041 of the Government Code.California Courts
The California court system, the largest in the nation with more than 2,000 judicial officers, 18,000 court employees, and nearly nine million cases, serves over 34 million people. The state Constitution vests the judicial power of California in the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and the superior courts. The Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal are appellate courts that primarily review superior court decisions.California Secretary of State
The Secretary of State's responsibilities include: Serving as the state's Chief Elections Officer, Implementing electronic filing and Internet disclosure of campaign and lobbyist financial information, Chartering corporations, Commissioning notaries public, Overseeing the State Archives, Filing a host of documents from Uniform Commercial Code financing and tax lien information to certificates of limited partnerships and limited liability companies, Serving as an ex-officio member of the California State World Trade Commission, Serving as a trustee of the Golden State MuseumCalifornia State Assembly
The current Chief Clerk, E. Dotson Wilson, was first elected January 6, 1992, and was reelected by the Members of the Assembly for the 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1999-2000, 2001-02 and 2003-04 Legislative Sessions. He serves as the Parliamentarian of the House, and also supervises a 30 member staff of legislative clerks.
The base of operations for the Chief Clerk and his staff is the Assembly Chamber. A long desk spans the width of the Chamber and serves as the permanent workstation for a dozen clerks, who process the thousands of bills and publish thousands of pages of information for the public record. Information compiled by this staff is made available to potentially millions of computer users via the Internet system.California State Controller
The State Controller is the Chief Financial Officer of the State of California, elected by the people. It is the mission of the State Controller's Office to strengthen California's financial condition by being the leader in economic policy development; providing financial management services to state and local government; and being the independent protector of taxpayer dollars.California State Senate
The full text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments, and their status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages are available. If you know the bill, select the session, and House of origin, and type the bill number to retrieve this information. To search, select the session, and House of origin, and type the keywords and/or author name(s). An Index is available which lists all bills introduced in the Assembly and Senate.California State Treasurer
The office of California State Treasurer has broad responsibilities and authority in the areas of investment and finance. The Treasurer is elected statewide every four years. In addition to being the State's lead asset manager, banker and financier, the Treasurer serves as chairperson or a member of numerous State authorities, boards and commissions.California Statutes
California Statutes are the Chaptered Bills. A bill is "chaptered" by the Secretary of State after it has passed through both houses of the Legislature and has been signed by the Governor or becomes law without the Governor's signature. Statutes are available starting from 1993.
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