Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Where do I find PDF versions of bills from prior sessions?
    Please continue to use the LegInfo website located at: http://leginfo.ca.gov to access the bill's PDF version with page and line numbers. It is our objective to make PDF versions for these bills available in a future release.
  2. Where can I find bills prior to the 1999 legislative session?
    Please continue to use the LegInfo website located at: http://leginfo.ca.gov to access bills from 1993 to 1998. It is our objective to make these bills available in a future release.
  3. How often is the site updated?
    The website is updated every day at 4:00 AM and 9:00 PM.
  4. How long will the old LegInfo site (http://leginfo.ca.gov) be available?
    The LegInfo site (http://leginfo.ca.gov) will remain available for some time.
  5. How do I view amended versions of a bill?
    To view amended versions of a bill, use the drop-down box labeled, "Version:" located to the right of the bill's subject. Select the desired bill version and click "Go."
  6. Why can't I use the # in my address when I register?
    United States Postal Service standards require use of "unit" as opposed to the "#" sign. The physical address you provide at time of registration is used to identify the Senate and Assembly districts in which you reside. The Senate and Assembly district information is used for the Comments to Author feature.
  7. Why can't I see information located near the edge of the screen?
    Please check your screen resolution settings. This website is designed to be viewed with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768.
  8. How can I tell how current a version of the code is?
    On January 1st of each year, the California Law database is updated with all new laws that became effective on January 1st of that calendar year. The California Law database is also updated as bills are passed and become effective during the legislative session.
  9. How can I access the California Code of Regulations?
    The California Code of Regulations is available on a web site maintained by the Office of Administrative Law at http://www.oal.ca.gov.
  10. Why does Today's Law as Amended not work on certain bills?
    This question typically is asked when the bill has been chaptered and has been added to the code. In this scenario, you are comparing the bill with itself, so there are no differences between the bill and the code to display.
  11. Why do I have to register to use the subscription service?
    Registration is required to secure your subscriptions from other users.
  12. Why can't I find the code section number I am looking for?
    The code section may have been repealed or renumbered. Both actions happen via the legislative process.
  13. How does the new Keyword Tracking feature work?
    The Keyword Tracking feature provides you with an easy way to be notified when bills impacting a particular subject are introduced or amended. Once you have specified a keyword to track ("water," "fisheries," etc.), you will automatically be subscribed to bills containing the keyword when bills are introduced or are amended. For bills that have already been introduced or amended prior to your keyword tracking request, you will need to subscribe to each bill individually. Once you are subscribed to the bill, you will receive email notifications based upon the subscription preferences you have specified: Across the Desk, To Committee, Amended, Enrolled & Governor's Response, Final Results.
  14. What are the client-side settings for Jaws users?

    Client-Side Settings for JAWS Users

    Setting Jaws to read strikeout and italics to review bill amendments.

    a)      Directions for Internet Explorer

    While in IE with jaws running, Open the Configuration Manager INSERT+F2, C, Enter

           Open the Voice Aliases Manager: Alt + S (for Set Options), E (for Voice Aliases)

       Change ItalicVoice to something different (usually a positive voice). Use arrow key to select, Alt + M to Modify. Tab to select person and rate. Hit OK.

    (2)   Change StrikeoutVoice to something different (usually a negative voice). Use arrow key to select, Alt + M to Modify.> Tab to select person and rate. Hit OK.

    (3)   Hit OK

    iii)     Open the Speech and Sounds Manager: Alt + S (for Set Options), M (for Speech and Sounds Manager)

    (1)Choose the Edit Current Scheme button. There are tab pages you can use to modify the way JAWS reads font attributes, font colors, and other HTML attributes.

    (2)   Press CTRL+TAB to move to the Attributes tab.

    (3)   For Italics: Click Add button (Alt + A), check Italic box, Next button, select Speak Item, select ItalicVoice for the voice alias, click Next, Finish.

    (4)   For Strikeout: Click Add button (Alt + A), check Strikeout box, Next button, select Speak Item, select StrikeoutVoice for the voice alias, click Next, Finish.

    (5)   >Press CTRL+TAB to move to the Color tab.

    (6)   For blue: Click Add button (Alt + A), select the color blue for foreground color, Next button, keep background color to Anything,
    Next button, select the behavior Speak Item Text Using Voice, Next button, select ItalicVoice for the voice alias, click Finish.

    (7)   For red: Click Add button (Alt + A), select the color red for foreground color, Next button, keep background color to Anything,
    Next button, select the behavior Speak Item Text Using Voice, Next button, select StrikeoutVoice for the voice alias, click Finish.

    iv     Click OK

    v)     Click OK again

    vi)     Click Yes to save the current speech scheme

       Close the Configuration Manager (Alt + F4)

    b)Directions for Adobe Acrobat Reader

            Follow the same directions for Internet Explorer, except in this case, make sure your copy of Acrobat Reader is in focus while opening the Configuration Manager (INSERT+F2, C, Enter)

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