Glossary of Terms

A to Z Glossary for Government Relations
Select the first letter of the term

A

AB

Assembly Bill.

ACA

Assembly Constitutional Amendment.

AJR

Assembly Joint Resolution.

Amendment

Formal proposal to change the language of a bill after it has been introduced.

Assembly

The lower House of the CA Legislature; 80 members.

B

Bill

A proposed law.

C

Chaptered

A bill is signed by the Governor and placed into statute by the Secretary of State.

CMS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (Federal).

Codes

Bound volumes of law organized by subject matter.

Concurrence

One house approving a bill as amended in the other house.

Consent Calendar

A group of noncontroversial bills passed by a committee or either house on one vote.

CPR

California Performance Review.

D

DHS

Department of Health Services.

Digest

A brief statement by Legislative Counsel on the effect of a bill on existing law.

DMHC

Department of Managed Health Care.

Double Refer

Legislation recommended for referral to two policy committees.

E

Enrolled

A bill is passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor.

Extraordinary Session

A special session of the legislature, called by the Governor, to address only those issues specified in the proclamation.

F

First Reading

The first of three readings of a bill prior to floor debate.

Floor

Senate or assembly Chambers.

G

G.O.

Governor’s Office.

H

Hearing

A Committee meeting.

House

Legislative body.

I

Inactive File

A bill that is not ready for final debate.

P

Policy Committee

Sets up public hearings on bills; makes recommendations to the Senate and Assembly.

R

Reading

A presentation of a Bill.

Rules

Methods of Procedure.

S

SB

Senate Bill.

SCA

Senate Constitutional Amendment.

Second Reading

Second of three readings prior to debate; following Policy Committee.

Senate

The Upper House of the Legislature; 40 members.

SJR

Senate Joint Resolution.

T

Third Reading

Third and final reading of a bill prior to floor debate.

V

Veto

The Governor’s refusal to approve a bill.