The Governor’s Chaptered Bill File

Published on: Author: Teresa L

If you are doing California legislative history research, you’ll want to check the Governor’s Chaptered Bill File. When the governor signs a bill into law, the bill is filed with the Secretary of State and chronologically “chaptered.” For each bill that is chaptered, a file is created containing the documents the governor’s office received regarding that bill.
Hastings Law Library has all of the available film, from 1943 – 1995. The files typically contain, at a minimum, the enrolled bill report and a letter from the bill’s sponsor. In addition, there are files from bills vetoed by a governor; these files include the governor’s veto statement. For more information on California legislative history, see the Hastings Research Guide: Compiling a California Legislative History.