California Assemblywoman Kate Sanchez (R-Rancho Santa Margarita) introduced a bill that would limit the number of bills that lawmakers can introduce in one session.
Under the bill (HR-61), a member of the legislature is not allowed to enter more than 25 bills in the regular session. Currently, they allow 50 bills to be introduced within two years.
“A lot of bad bills are coming out of Sacramento. That’s why I introduced HR 61 to cut in half the number of bills that state politicians can propose and stop Sacramento spending in its tracks,” he said. Sánchez.
In the 2023 session, between 120 legislators, a total of 2,642 bills were introduced, of which nearly 40% were placeholder bills without any language and were later amended or introduced, which is one thing. In 2022, more than 2,020 bills were introduced, while in 2021, the number was 2,369. Over the past decade, Sacramento lawmakers have introduced between 1,900 and 2,500 bills.
Over the past two years, lawmakers have introduced an average of 38 bills in two years. Sanchez Bill seeks to include them in the 25 bills that can be introduced.
DIGEST OF LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, that Rule 49 of the Standing Rules of the Assembly for the Regular Session of 2023–24 be amended to read:
Limitations on Introduction of Bills
49. (a) A member may introduce not more than 50 bills in a regular session. As used in this rule, “law” includes a constitutional amendment but does not include a concurrent or joint resolution.
(b) This rule may be suspended about a particular bill with the consent of the Committee on Rules.