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

Nutritional Requirements Relaxed for School Lunch Programs
Lisa Giroux, May 2017
States and schools have more time to comply with nutrition standards for federally funded school meals due to action taken by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, which is described in this report.

President Trump’s First 100 Days
Prepared by SOR Consultants, May 2017
Prepared at the request of California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, this report highlights key actions and events during the Trump administration’s first 100 days, which concluded on April 29, 2017. 


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