California senators need to work within committees to create and pass legislation that benefits their districts and state as of 2015. The California Senate has 22 standing committees, 13 sub-committees and 16 select committees. Standing committees meet regularly throughout the year to hear bills.
Policy committee hearings are good places for citizens to share their opinions on pending legislation. Among the standing committees are committees on agriculture, education, environmental quality, governance and finance, and health, as well as human services, labor and industrial relations, judiciary, public safety, and veteran affairs. Joint committees have members from both the Senate and House of Representatives to tackle bills of mutual concern. The California Senate has 40 senators, each representing about 930,000 constituents.