Overview of 2018 Bill Actions by Governor Brown

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

The 2018 Legislative Session concludes sine die on November 30, but for practical purposes the Session ended on September 30, the last day for Governor Jerry Brown to have acted upon bills sent to his Desk during the final weeks of Session. Each month during 2018, from January through September, there were gubernatorial bill actions, with over 900 bills acted upon during the month of September along.

There were 1,217 bills that reached the Governor’s Desk in 2018 out of 2,225 bills introduced (Senate – 694; Assembly – 1,531). So, 55% of the bills introduced made it to the Governor’s Desk. 45% of the bills introduced got signed into law, while 9% of the bills introduced got vetoed.

Here is an overview of Governor Brown’s final stats for 2018 bill actions:

Total bills acted on: 1,217

Signed Bills: 1,016

83.5% of the bills were signed

65% of the signed bills were ABs

79% of the ABs signed were authored by Democrats

14% of the ABs signed were authored by Republicans

7% of the ABs signed were committee bills

35% of the signed bills were SBs

77% of the SBs signed were authored by Democrats

13% of the SBs signed were authored by Republicans

10% of the SBs signed were committee bills

Vetoed Bills: 201

16.5% of the bills were vetoed

74% of the vetoed bills were ABs

84% of the ABs vetoed were authored by Democrats

13% of the ABs vetoed were authored by Republicans

3% of the ABs vetoed were committee bills

26% of the vetoed bills were SBs

94% of the SBs vetoed were authored by Democrats

6% of the SBs vetoed were authored by Republicans

During the last eight years that Governor Brown has served in office, he has received a low of 870 bills (his first year in office) to a high of 1,217 (his last year in office). His veto rate has been a low of 10.7% (his third year in office) to a high of 16.5% (his last year in office).

Chris Micheli is an attorney and lobbyist for the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He can be reached at 916-448-3075.

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