Legislative Calendar

This is a Non Profit Project. We don't collect personal data and we don't use cookies.

Legislative Calendar in California

Legislative Calendar

The legislative calendar establishes a schedule for the 2015-16 Legislative Session and provides important deadlines to the legislative process. While this is a general outline for the legislative year, the Senate and Assembly Daily Files contain the scheduled events for each day the Legislature is in session. These include committee meetings, scheduled hearings, and Governor’s vetoes. For more information on the Legislative Calendar and Schedules, click here.

January 1 – Bills passed in the previous year take effect, unless they have been designated as “urgency” bills with immediate implementation, or a bill that will take extra time to implement (often given a July 1st effective date).

January 5 – Legislature reconvenes for the first half of a two-year session.

January 30 – Last day to submit new bill drafts to the Office of the Legislative Counsel. The Legislative Counsel takes the verbiage (sometimes makes adjustments) and puts it into bill form for the legislators to consider.

February 21 – Last day for bills to be introduced for the 2015 year. That means a bill, in the form created by the Legislative Counsel, needs to have an Author (a legislator) and a number assigned to it (ex: SB 123 or AB 123) in order to be introduced.

March 26 – Spring Recess.

April 6 – Legislature reconvenes from Spring Recess.

June 5 – Last day to pass bills out of their house of origin. If the bill is a Senate Bill (SB 123, etc.), then it needs to pass out of the Senate by this date and be sent over to the Assembly for its action. The same is true of Assembly bills needing to pass and being sent to the Senate.

July 17 – Summer Recess begins providing the Budget has been passed.

August 17 – Legislature reconvenes from Summer Recess.

September 11 – Last day for any bill to pass to the Governor in what is termed an “enrolled” version. The “enrollment” process includes the notation of the exact date and time each bill is sent to the Governor to sign or veto, or he may allow it to become law without signing. (There is no “pocket veto” in California, unlike federal, which allows the President to kill a bill simply by not taking any action whatsoever.) Interim Study Recess begins upon adjournment. Any two-year bills will be assigned to the appropriate committee for study while the Legislature is not in session.

October 11 – Last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature. If bills are signed by the Governor, they are CHAPTERED; in other words, filed with the Secretary of State and assigned a chapter number for reference and inclusion in the codes, of which there are 29 (Civil Code, Vehicle Code, etc.).

January 1, 2016 – Statutes take effect.

January 4, 2016 – Legislature reconvenes from Interim Recess.

Calendars

Senate Calendar

See in the site senate.ca.gov/legdeadlines the following: Legislative Calendar & Deadlines
2015 Legislative Calendar and Deadlines (PDF)
2015 Legislative Calendar (ics version)
Outlook 2010 Import Instructions

Assembly Calendar

January Deadlines
Jan. 1 Statutes take effect (Art. IV, Sec. 8(c)).
Jan. 5 Legislature reconvenes (J.R. 51(a)(1)).
Jan. 10 Budget Bill must be submitted by Governor (Art. IV, Sec. 12(a)).
Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed.
Jan. 30 Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel.

February
S M T W Th F S
wk.1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
wk.2 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
wk.3 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
wk.4 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
February Deadlines
Feb. 16 Presidents’ Day observed.
Feb. 27 Last day for bills to be introduced (J.R. 61(a)(1), J.R. 54(a)).

March
S M T W Th F S
wk.1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
wk.2 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
wk.3 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
wk.4 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Spring Recess 29 30 31
March Deadlines
Mar. 26 Spring Recess begins upon adjournment (J.R. 51(a)(2)).
Mar. 31 Cesar Chavez Day observed.

April
S M T W Th F S
Spring Recess 1 2 3 4
wk.1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
wk.2 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
wk.3 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
wk.4 26 27 28 29 30
April Deadlines
Apr. 6 Legislature reconvenes from Spring Recess (J.R. 51(a)(2)).

May
S M T W Th F S
wk.4 1 2
wk.1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
wk.2 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
wk.3 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
wk.4 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
No Hrgs 31
May Deadlines
May 1 Last day for policy committees to hear and report to fiscal committees fiscal bills. (J.R. 61(a)(2)).
May 15 Last day for policy committees to hear and report to the Floor nonfiscal bills (J.R. 61(a)(3)).
May 22 Last day for policy committees to meet prior to June 8 (J.R. 61(a)(4)).
May 25 Memorial Day observed.
May 29 Last day for fiscal committee to hear and report bills to the Floor (J.R. 61(a)(5)). Last day for fiscal committee to meet prior to June 8 (J.R. 61(a)(6)).

June
S M T W Th F S
No Hrgs 1 2 3 4 5 6
wk.1 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
wk.2 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
wk.3 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
wk.4 28 29 30
June Deadlines
June 1-5 Floor Session only. No committee may meet for any purpose except for Rules Committee and Conference Committees (J.R. 61(a)(7)).
June 5 Last day to pass bills out of house of origin (J.R. 61(a)(8)).
June 8 Committee meetings may resume (J.R. 61(a)(9)).
June 15 Budget Bill must be passed by midnight (Art. IV, Sec. 12(c)(3)).

July
S M T W Th F S
wk.4 1 2 3 4
wk.1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
wk.2 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Summer
Recess 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Summer
Recess 26 27 28 29 30 31
July Deadlines
July 3 Independence Day observed.
July 17 Last day for policy committees to meet and report bills (J.R. 61(a)(10)). Summer Recess begins upon adjournment, provided Budget Bill has been passed (J.R. 51(a)(3)).

August
S M T W Th F S
Summer
Recess 1
Summer Recess 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Summer Recess 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
wk.3 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
wk.4 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
No Hrgs 30 31
August Deadlines
Aug. 17 Legislature reconvenes from Summer Recess (J.R. 51(a)(3)).
Aug. 28 Last day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills to the Floor (J.R. 61(a)(11)).
Aug. 31 – Sept. 11 Floor Session only. No committee may meet for any purpose except for Rules Committee and Conference Committees (J.R. 61(a)(12)).

September
S M T W Th F S
No Hrgs 1 2 3 4 5
No Hrgs 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Interim Recess 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Interim Recess 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Interim Recess 27 28 29 30
September Deadlines
Sept. 4 Last day to amend on the Floor (J.R. 61(a)(13), A.R. 69(e)).
Sept. 7 Labor Day observed.
Sept. 11 Last day for any bill to be passed (J.R. 61(a)(14)). Interim Study Recess begins upon adjournment (J.R. 51(a)(4)).

IMPORTANT DATES OCCURRING DURING INTERIM RECESS

2015

Oct. 11 Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before Sept. 11 and in the Governor’s possession after Sept. 11 (Art. IV, Sec. 10(b)(1)).
2016

Jan. 1 Statutes take effect (Art. IV, Sec. 8(c)).
Jan. 4 Legislature reconvenes (J.R.51(a)(4)).

Leave a Comment