Overview of 2019 Bill Actions by Governor Newsom

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

The 2019 Legislative Session concluded on September 14 and October 13 was the last day for Governor Gavin Newsom to act upon bills sent to his Desk during the final weeks of the Session. In his first year of bill actions, there were over a thousand bills that reached Governor Newsom’s Desk this year, including 740 bills acted upon during the final month.

There was a total of 1,042 bills that reached the Governor’s Desk in 2019 out of 2,625 bills introduced (Senate – 792 bills; Assembly – 1,833 bills). So, 39.7% of the bills introduced made it to the Governor’s Desk, which is about average of the past few years. As a result, 33% (45% in 2018) of the bills introduced got signed into law, while 6.5% (9% in 2018) of the bills introduced got vetoed.

Here is an overview of Governor Newsom’s final stats for his 2019 bill actions:

Total bills acted on: 1,042

Signed Bills: 870

            83.5% of the bills were signed

            66% of the signed bills were ABs

                        83% of the ABs signed were authored by Democrats

                        9% of the ABs signed were authored by Republicans

                        8% of the ABs signed were committee bills

            34% of the signed bills were SBs

                        76% of the SBs signed were authored by Democrats

                        10% of the SBs signed were authored by Republicans

                        14% of the SBs signed were committee bills

Vetoed Bills: 172

            16.5% of the bills were vetoed

            71% of the vetoed bills were ABs

                        88.5% of the ABs vetoed were authored by Democrats

                        11.5% of the ABs vetoed were authored by Republicans

            29% of the vetoed bills were SBs

                        84% of the SBs vetoed were authored by Democrats

                        16% of the SBs vetoed were authored by Republicans

            By comparison, during the last eight years that Governor Jerry Brown served in office, he received a low of 870 bills on his Desk (his first year in office) to a high of 1,217 bills (his last year in office). His veto rate was a low of 10.7% (his third year in office) to a high of 16.5% (his last year in office).

            As a final comparison, below is the same data collected above for Governor Brown’s last year of bill actions (from the 2018 Session):

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

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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