Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

How the Laws of California Are Really Made: Sponsored Legislation

Oct. 8, 2010 Public Sector Roundtable

Cities and counties inherit the laws made in Sacramento. Some are good; others put unrealistic demands on local government in the form of unfunded mandates and threats to local control.

The October 8, 2010 Public Sector Roundtable featured San Jose Mercury News reporter Karen de Sá, who recently published a "behind the scenes" look at the legislative process in Sacramento.

While the topic of lobbying is not a new one for locally elected officials, the discussion about "sponsored bills" revealed how lobbyists are using new techniques for forwarding legislation.


  • Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics, MCAE
  • Karen de Sá, reporter, San Jose Mercury News
  • What We Learned
    Ethics, Lobbying, and How the Laws of California Are Really Made (podcast)

    Joanne Benjamin, Office of Supervisor Liz Kniss
    David DeCosse, Director of Campus Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
    Justin Gilio, SCU student, Hackworth Fellow
    Keith Guo, SCU student, political science intern
    Renee Gurza, San Jose City Attorney's Office
    Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, MCAE
    Lisa Herrick, San Jose City Attorney's Office
    Raania Mohsen, Executive Director, Santa Clara County Cities Association
    Judy Nadler, Senior Fellow in Government Ethics, MCAE
    Rev. Mark Poorman, visiting scholar
    Rev. Nicky Santos, visiting scholar
    Miriam Schulman, Director of Communication and Administration, MCAE
    Jennifer Sparacino, City Manager, City of Santa Clara
    Steve Tate, Mayor, City of Morgan Hill

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