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California State Legislature

NameCalifornia State Legislature
Legislature2011 � 2012 session
House TypeBicameral
Leader1 TypePresident Pro Tem of the Senate
Leader1Darrell Steinberg
Election1November 30, 2008
Leader2 TypeSenate Minority Leader
Leader2Bob Dutton
Election2October 11, 2010
Leader3 TypeSpeaker of the Assembly
Leader3John Pérez
Election3March 1, 2010
Leader4 TypeAssembly Minority Leader
Leader4Connie Conway
Election4December 6, 2010
40 senators
80 assemblymembers
Political Groups1Democratic Party
Republican Party
Political Groups2Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last Election1November 2, 2010
Last Election2November 2, 2010
Session RoomCaliforniastatecapitol.jpg
Meeting PlaceCalifornia State Capitol
Sacramento, California

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The California State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of California. It is a bicameral body consisting of the lower house, the California State Assembly, with 80 members, and the upper house, the California State Senate, with 40 members. New legislators convene each new two-year session, to organize, in the Assembly and Senate Chambers, respectively, at noon on the first Monday in December following the election. After the organizational meeting, both houses are in recess until the first Monday in January, except when the first Monday is January 1 or January 1 is a Sunday, in which case they meet the following Wednesday.

The California State Legislature currently has a Democratic majority, with the Senate consisting of 25 Democrats and 15 Republicans and the Assembly consisting of 52 Democrats and 28 Republicans. Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor's office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.

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