State Budget & Legislature

Legislature


Northern California State Representatives

Click on the names listed below for detailed information:

Assembly District 1: Brian Dahle

Assembly District 2: Jim Wood

Assembly District 3: James Gallagher

Northern California State Senators

Senate District 1: Ted Gaines

Senate District 2: Mike McGuire

Senate District 4: Jim Nielson

State Budget


The regional centers in California rely on funding from the Federal and State government in order to provide services to consumers and their families. The State budget is of particular concern due to the immediate impact it has on regional center programs. The information on this page is intended to provide current summaries of budget issues which affect Far Northern Regional Center.

HOW CAN I MONITOR THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET AND POLICY COMMITTEE OR SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS IF I CANNOT ATTEND?

People can monitor California legislative policy and budget hearings in several ways including live cable televised broadcasts (limited to cable services that offer it); live audio; and live internet streaming from the CalChannel and legislative websites.

Nearly all hearings – even those not televised live – can be watched later (at least by the next day) in the video archive.  See below for information.

LIVE VIDEO STREAM – INTERNET
Most of the scheduled hearings can be viewed live on the CalChannel website at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/

The page will say “LIVE Webcast California Legislative Hearings”  Below that heading, look for the floor session, committee or subcommittee you wish to monitor and the scheduled time of the hearing or floor session and at that time.

When the hearing or floor session starts, the posted date and time will changed to “In Progress – View Event”  Click on that, and a box should open up with the live stream.

WATCHING A HEARING LATER:
CalChannel.com keeps an archive of all the hearings held that can be viewed by anyone.  Viewing the live or recorded hearings from the CalChannel website is free.

To view a recorded hearing, go to the CalChannel website and click the tab “Video on Demand” or click on this link: http://www.calchannel.com/video-on-demand/

The page will list all the hearings recorded by date and committee name.  If you wish to download the entire hearing on your computer, click on the “MP4 Download” link next to the hearing you want.  If you wish to view the hearing from the website click the “video” link next to the hearing you want, under the “Watch” column. Both are free to the public.

LIVE CABLE TV BROADCAST
People can also view the hearing via cable TV through CalChannel.  To find what channel it may be on (if you cable company carries CalChannel) check this listing for your city or area and local cable company: http://www.calchannel.com/local-listing/

To find out what hearings will be televised live on your cable channel, go to the CalChannel.com website for the schedule of hearings that will be broadcast live (this is DIFFERENT from hearings that are streamed live) at http://www.calchannel.com/tv-schedule/

AUDIO ONLY INTERNET BROADCAST AND LIVE VIDEO STREAM
Look for the hearing you want to listen to below, find the room number, and then click on the Assembly website link: http://assembly.ca.gov/listentorooms and then click on the room number (or chamber) where the hearing or floor session is located.

The audio quality varies depending on the room and who is speaking.  (It doesn’t matter if the floor session or hearing is an Assembly or Senate floor session or hearing – you can access either through this site).

The live video stream also available on this page is different from the CalChannel video stream, with the video camera in a fixed position and the quality not as good.


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Special Links To Budget Related Sites:

California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office

California Budget Project

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