Welcome to Standing Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement

Upcoming Bill Hearing: 


The Capitol and O Street building are open for in-person attendance of committee hearings.  Please utilize the teleconference service if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

The Senate strongly recommends that all members of the public wear a mask in all shared spaces in the Capitol and the 1021 O Street building. Masks are available at all security entrances.

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.


Teleconference Instructions:

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

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. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony. 
  • Only "me too" support and opposition witnesses are allowed to provide testimony over the phone. Lead witnesses must appear in person. 
  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.
  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” or “Opposition” of the bill to please press 1-0.   You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator. When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.
  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.
  • "Me too" teleconference witnesses are only allowed to give their name, affiliation and position. 

A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking the “Teleconference Instructions


We will be answering phones Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.  We will also be processing authors amendments at this time. Please contact the committee assistant for more information on amendment process. 

If you need to reach the Committee, please call (916) 651-1556 or email one of the consultants below:







Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. However, always check the Senate Daily File for any changes.

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

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

Submit Position Letter

Support and Opposition Letters for Upcoming Hearings

  • Support and Opposition letters are due by 12:00 pm, 7 calendar days prior to hearing

    • We cannot guarantee inclusion in the analyses otherwise

    • Please submit position letters via the above Position Letter Portal. If you are submitting a coalition letter, every member of the coalition must be listed in the letter

    • If you are the sponsor of a measure, your letter must identify your organization as the sponsor.

    • Coalition letters need a logo or a signature for each organization listed 

    • Only support and opposition (and oppose unless amended) positions are accepted for inclusion in committee analyses.



Senator Cortese (Chair)
Senator Scott Wilk (Vice Chair)
Senator María Elena Durazo
Senator John Laird
Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas

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