Policy committee hearings are the forums for public input, the best place for citizens to communicate their concerns about proposed legislation. Bills are heard in Standing Committees which meet on a regular basis throughout the year. Many standing committees have Sub-Committees that focus in more depth on particular issues. Select Committees and Special Committees study California policy issues and problems in order to develop longer range solutions. Joint Committees have membership from both houses and consider issues of joint concern.
Committee information available online includes Committee membership, staff, addresses and phone numbers, meeting schedules, and policy jurisdictions.
The Policy Committees of the Senate meet on a regular basis throughout the year to hear legislation.