California Assemblymember Kate Sanchez (R-Rancho Santa Margarita) has introduced a bill that would limit the number of bills lawmakers could introduce in a session.
Under the bill (HR-61), a member of the legislator would not be allowed to introduce more than 25 bills into the regular session. Currently, they are allowed 50 bills to be introduced over the two-year period.
“Too many bad bills are coming out of Sacramento. That’s why I introduced HR 61 to cut in half the number of bills state politicians can propose and stop Sacramento’s spending spree in its tracks,” said Sanchez.
In the 2023 session, between the 120 legislators, a total of 2,642 bills were introduced—in which nearly 40% were placeholder bills without any language and amended later or introduced as something else. In 2022, over 2,020 bills were introduced while In 2021 that number was 2,369. Over the past decade, Sacramento lawmakers have introduced between 1,900 to 2,500 bills.
Over the past two years, lawmakers on average have introduced 38 bills over the two-year period. Sanchez Bill seeks to cap them at 25 bills that could be introduced.