About SOR

Established in 1969 by the California Senate Rules Committee, the Senate Office of Research (SOR) is a nonpartisan office that provides research for Senate members and committees. Its mission is to produce comprehensive and reliable research to inform effective public policy.

SOR policy consultants specialize in subject areas and have a range of expertise and skills. They work with state senators throughout the stages of the legislative process—by generating problem-solving ideas, gathering and analyzing data, preparing briefing papers, crafting legislation, organizing informational hearings, and assessing implementation of enacted laws.

Other primary roles of SOR are to prepare information and analyses for the Senate Rules Committee as it considers the confirmation of governor’s appointees to state agencies; track and analyze emerging federal issues; and serve as a liaison with academic institutions and other researchers outside the Capitol to help bring their research into policy discussions.

Thank you for visiting this site, which contains our published reports. We hope the information presented here is helpful to you, as we strive to provide thorough and objective analysis on matters that impact all Californians.

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How Often Do Governors Say No?
First prepared in 1988 by staff of the Senate Local Government Committee, the publication shows annual tallies of chaptered and vetoed bills back to 1967.

Statewide Media Approaches for California’s Census 2020 Effort
Sara Noceto, August 2019
Prepared at the request of the Senate Select Committee on the 2020 United States Census

Gender and Equity in California at the Close of the 20th Century
Julie Salley, June 2019
In 1999, the Senate Office of Research published a report detailing the major accomplishments toward female equality in the 20th century in the areas of civil rights, education, and the workplace.  This brief presents key highlights from that report and describes our intent to release an updated publication later this year on the status of gender and equity in California and the United States in the 21st century.

2018 Profile of the Older Population
Russell Manning, June 2019
A report from the federal Administration for Community Living highlights population growth and quality of life statistics for Americans age 65 and older.  

Issue Primer: Blockchain Technology
Sara Noceto and John Thompson, June 2019
This introductory primer on blockchain technology briefly explains what a blockchain is, how it works, some of its potential applications, and how California and other states are taking steps to explore this emerging technology.

The Active Transportation Program: An Analysis of Program Implementation and Project Selection
Ted Link-Oberstar, April 2019
This report provides an analysis of the Active Transportation Program, focused on the processes for project selection and allocation of funding, and offers suggestions for improvement.

Review of Environmental Leadership Development Projects
Paul Jacobs with contributions from Russell Manning, April 2019
This report describes projects that have qualified for expedited CEQA judicial review pursuant to statutes such as AB 900, Statutes of 2011, and presents options for legislative consideration.

State Investments in Clean Energy and Transportation Technology
Paul Jacobs and John Thompson, March 2019
This report describes the state’s investments in clean energy and transportation technology development through 40 existing financial incentive programs and presents what we believe are important considerations for the Legislature.

 

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