Until the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, Senators were chosen by state legislatures, not by popular vote.
Since then, they have been elected to six-year terms by the people of each state.
Senator’s terms are staggered so that about one-third of the Senate is up for reelection every two years.
What is the makeup of the California state legislature?
The California State Legislature is a bicameral legislature consisting of a lower house, the California State Assembly, with 80 members; and an upper house, the California State Senate, with 40 members.
How does a law get passed in California?
The bill then goes to the Governor. The Governor has three choices. He or she can sign the bill into law, allow it to become law without his or her signature, or veto it. A Governor’s veto can be overridden by a two-thirds vote in both houses.
Which party controls the California State Senate?
|California State Senate|
|Minority Leader||Shannon Grove (R) since March 1, 2019|
|Political groups||Majority Democratic (28) Minority Republican (10) Vacant (2)|
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What process is used to elect state legislators?
The election of delegates to the Constitutional Convention established the precedent for state selection. The framers believed that in electing senators, state legislatures would cement their tie with the national government, which would increase the chances for ratifying the Constitution.
Where is the California state legislature?
The California State Legislature is the state legislature of California. It is a bicameral body consisting of the lower house, the California State Assembly, with 80 members, and the upper house, the California State Senate, with 40 members.
How long can you serve in each house of the CA legislature?
Also, like Assembly Members, Senators who were first elected to the State Legislature on or after the passage of Proposition 28 may serve 12 years in the Senate, or a combination of service in the Assembly and Senate as long as the combined terms do not exceed 12 years.
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