ACA 25

  • California Assembly Constitutional Amendment
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly May 22, 2020
  • Passed Assembly Jun 10, 2020
  • Senate
  • Governor

A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by adding Section 21.5 to Article IV thereof, relating to the Legislature.


The California Constitution requires the Legislature to convene in regular session on specified dates and provides that a majority of the membership constitutes a quorum, although a lesser number may recess from day to day and compel the attendance of absent members. The California Constitution requires the proceedings of each house of the Legislature to be open and public and recognizes the right of the public to attend, record, and broadcast those proceedings. The California Constitution authorizes the Legislature to provide for the convening of the Legislature to meet the needs resulting from a war-caused or enemy-caused disaster in the state. This measure would permit Members to remotely attend and vote in a legislative proceeding, or to vote by proxy in a legislative proceeding if permitted by their house, during the pendency of a state of emergency declared by the Governor or the President of the United States, under specified conditions. The measure would provide, among other conditions, that a Member may remotely attend and vote, or vote by proxy as authorized, in a proceeding only if the state of emergency prevents the Member from safely attending the proceeding in person. The measure would also provide that a Member attending remotely would be included in the determination of a quorum. The measure would provide that if 15 or more of the Members of a house cannot attend a proceeding during a state of emergency because they are deceased, disabled, or missing, a quorum may be established by a majority of those Members able to attend. The measure would specify that the Legislature may provide by statute for temporarily filling the vacant offices of Members with pro tempore members in the event that 15 or more of the Members of a house are deceased, disabled, or missing during a state of emergency. The measure would require the Legislature by concurrent resolution, or each house by separate resolutions, 23 of the membership concurring, to adopt rules to implement this provision no later than the end of the biennial legislative session in which this measure takes effect, except as specified.

Bill Sponsors (32)



Jun 15, 2020


Measure version as amended on June 4 corrected.

Jun 10, 2020


In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.


Ordered to the Senate.


Read third time. Adopted. (Ayes 60. Noes 13. Page 4765.)

Jun 08, 2020


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jun 04, 2020


Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Jun 03, 2020


From committee: Amend, and be adopted as amended. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (June 3).

May 26, 2020


Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 74. Noes 0. Page 4599.)


Art. IV, Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.


Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

May 22, 2020


Introduced measure version corrected.


From printer. May be heard in committee June 21.

May 21, 2020


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
05/21/20 - Introduced PDF
06/04/20 - Amended Assembly PDF

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