Two new books on the legislative process from Chris Micheli

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: This episode we welcome friend of the podcast Chris Micheli to talk about his two new books about the legislative process: Handbook on California’s Legislative Process and Handbook on Legislative Drafting in California.

Micheli will be a familiar name to Capitol Weekly readers; his Micheli Files column, in which he explains – in plain language – nuances of the California legislative process, is a popular feature.  The State of California does not make it easy to find much of this information, so Micheli has become a go-to informal adviser to legislative staff, lobbyists and journalists. He explains the purpose of the new books, gives real-world examples of the types of info contained, and talks about who ‘gets’ the process (and who doesn’t).

Plus, Who had the worst week in California Politics?

Show Notes:

1:40 Two new books

4:07 New versions

6:23 This information is hard to come by

8:14 Assembly vs. Senate

9:53 Real world example: how Suspense works – and why

11:26 Plain language

15:30 Do lawmakers ‘get’ the process?

18:39 Masters of parliamentary procedure

19:50 Sue Parker, Erika Contreras and Bernadette McNulty

23:42 What to look for at end of session this year

28:29 Other lobbyists

31:07 “Do you remember Lenny Goldberg?”

35:08 An Oakland A’s story

38:01 #WWCA

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