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Grant Seeking and Proposal Background Resources

Finding freely available information online to prepare grant proposals

Legislation and Policy


Bill information. 1993-
Text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments, their status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages.
 • Search by keyword or author, or browse by session.
 • Use AND between words if you want both  (the search assumes "or")
 • Use "  " to find a phrase:  e.g. "raw milk"

Ballot Measures California Secretary of State

US Federal   Library of Congress
Text of bills from 1989 on; bill summary and status from 1973 on.


California Research Bureau Reports  provides nonpartisan research to the Governor and the Legislature
      Studies in the News  Weekly compilation of policy-related items 

California Legislative Analyst's Office nonpartisan  fiscal and policy analysis
      LAO Publications Database

Little Hoover Commission  a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in state programs

California Senate Office of Research a bipartisan office of public-policy specialists which develops public policy initiatives for the California Senate.
      Publications by Policy Area

US Federal

National Conference of State Legislatures
The NCSL is an organization of state legislatures that examines how federal policy impacts states.  Look under the Research menu for topics of interest.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a division of the Library of Congress,
It prepares analytical, non-partisan reports on topics requested by members of Congress.
The reports are good starting points for your research as they provide background information and a discussion of issues and often prior legislation related to the topic.