Welcome to the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations

Appropriations Committee meets every Monday at 10:00 A.M. in Room 4203.

JURISDICTION: Pursuant to Joint Rule 10.5 all bills with a fiscal impact, as determined by Legislative Counsel, are referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee after they have been heard in their respective policy committees.  This can include bills that appropriate money, result in substantial expenditure of state money, or result in a substantial loss of revenue to the state.  


Committee Website Teleconference Instructions

Due to the statewide stay-at-home order and guidance on physical distancing, seating for committee hearings will be very limited for press and for the public.  All are encouraged to watch our hearing from its live stream on the Senate’s website at https://www.senate.ca.gov/

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal.  Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

The Capitol will be open for attendance of committee hearings, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically.

Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available and updated the night prior to the hearing date.

Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing call-in information for June 1  (Participant number: 844-291-6364) (ACCESS CODE: 7836745) 

Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service.



To protect public health and slow the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the State Capitol is closed to the Public.  However, we are working remotely to continue the important work of the Senate.

  • We are receiving office phone calls at (916) 651-4101 during the business hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  • Committee staff are also available by email.
  • We will continue to receive position letters on all legislation via the advocacy portal and by mail and email: https://sapro.senate.ca.gov/position-letters.
  • We will continue to keep our website up to date should we schedule any bill hearings: https://sapro.senate.ca.gov/billhearings.
  • Author’s Amendments to bills in our committee will be accepted and processed during the recess. 

Thank you for understanding during this unprecedented time.


For information on how to submit a position letter please see the directions below:

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

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Senator Anthony J. Portantino (Chair)
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Vice Chair)
Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Brian W. Jones
Senator Connie M. Leyva
Senator Bob Wieckowski

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