About SOR

Established in 1969 by the California Senate Rules Committee, the Senate Office of Research (SOR) is a nonpartisan policy office that provides research for Senate members and committees with the development of effective public policy.

SOR policy consultants work with state senators to help generate problem-solving ideas, gather data, prepare briefing papers, craft legislation, and organize informational hearings. The policy consultants also prepare background information for Senate Rules Committee members to consider as they review the governor’s appointments to state agencies, boards, and commissions.

The office is responsible for tracking emerging state and federal issues and acting as a liaison with think tanks and academic institutions outside the Capitol. Research findings are often shared through published reports written by SOR staff and studies requested by SOR.

We hope the information presented on the SOR Web site is helpful to you, as we strive to provide objective analysis on matters that impact all Californians. Thank you for visiting our website.


What's New

Profiles of California’s Unemployed
Ken Spence and Megan Lane, August 2017
Learn about the multidimensional challenges of California’s out-of-work population in 17 cities and counties.

Trump Orders Review of National Monuments
Meg Svoboda, July 2017
Twenty-five national monuments—six in California—are under review by the Trump administration. The scope of this review and what it means to California is described in this report.

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