The People's Houses: Lawmaking, Policy and Politics


Three Thursdays • 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. • Auditorium & Zoom

February 2 • March 2 • April 6

“Laws are like sausages - it is best not to see them being made”
Otto von Bismarck.

This course spotlights the legislative process and the critical issues facing the U.S. Congress and California Legislature. These “people’s houses” are similar bicameral (upper and lower house) legislative houses but couldn’t be more different in their political contexts, relationships with their chief executives, public approval ratings and many procedures. With America and California at critical crossroads regarding government direction, ranging from environmental and immigration policy to education and taxation policy, this “ripped from the headlines” course provides timely information to inform, educate and entertain.

A website with supplementary materials and class notes is posted at 

Instructor: Mike Stover     Tech Coordinators: Jim Monroe and Sue Batie