How many bills in the 2024 California Legislature?

Assemblymember Christopher Ward, right, speaks during a floor session of the Assembly at the Capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 22, 2024. Photo by Fred Greaves for CalMatters

With the dust settled after Friday’s bill introduction deadline, the California Legislature’s count for new bills this year is 2,124.

That includes 1,505 in the Assembly and 619 in the Senate, according to lobbyist Chris Micheli. The total is close to the recent average, though many measures never reach the governor’s desk. That’s because some aren’t really proposed to get there in the first place and others are introduced without tracking whether similar existing laws are working

Last year, legislators introduced more than 2,600 bills (the most in a decade) and passed 1,046. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 890 and vetoed 156. But with 2024 being an election year, lawmakers seeking reelection may hope to notch a few legislative wins, inked with the governor’s signature, under their belt.

A few interesting bills that made the last-minute deadline:

And one bill back in play includes a political odd couple: Gov. Newsom vetoed a bill last year to decriminalize psychedelic drugs. This session, there’s a narrower bill to allow their use in treatment — and the coauthors are not necessarily obvious suspects. Find out who they are from CalMatters Digital Democracy reporter Ryan Sabalow.

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