Welcome to the Senate Standing Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments

Call in information for Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee Hearing on Sunday, August 30, 2020

  • Participant Phone Number: 844-291-6364
  • Participant Access Code: 735190



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 to serve you. 

  • We are receiving office phone calls and responding to all email communication during the business hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. 
  • We will continue to receive position letters on all legislation via the advocacy portal, fax, email and mail.
  • We will continue to keep our website up to date as best we can on the status of our bill hearings.
  • Author’s Amendments to bills in our committee will be accepted and processed during the recess. Please contact our office for details to this process.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during these times.

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.


Example: Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments  hearing call-in information for August 4, 2020 

(Participant number: 1-800-000-0000) (Access Code: 0000000) 


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. 


  • 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” of the bill to please press 1-0.  The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition” when the committee moves to opposition.  You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for. 


  • 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.  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.


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


Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee meet on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am in Room 112. 

JURISDICTION: Bills relating to Elections, Reapportionment and proposals to amend the California Constitution.

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

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

Submit Position Letter



                                         Senator Thomas J. Umberg                                                                     Senator Jim Nielsen
                                       Senator Thomas J. Umberg (Chair) (D)                                         Senator Jim Nielsen (Vice Chair) (R)
       Senator Robert M. Hertzberg                                         Senator Connie M. Leyva                                            Senator Henry I. Stern
    Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D)                       Senator Connie M. Leyva (D)                              Senator Henry I. Stern (D)



Current Membership:

4 Democrats
1 Republican

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