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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the web site of California State Senator Joe Simitian. We want you to know about the collection, use, security, and access to information that may result from your use of this site. By visiting this web site, you consent to the policies and practices described in this notice, including the collection and use of information as described below.

Our web site has links to sites we feel might be useful to you. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. Specifically, note that each department within California state government may have different privacy and use policies specific to its function, and may be subject to other restrictions of state and federal law with respect to the collection and use of personal information. Be sure to review those policies as you access additional state government web sites.

Please note that this policy is subject to change without notice, and that it reflects our current practices.

Information Automatically Collected

If you do nothing during your visit to this web site but browse, or download information, we automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you by name, and we make no attempt to link other web sites with the persons who browse this web site.

We collect this information through the use of “cookies,” which are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. When cookies are needed to maintain the functionality of an application, we make use of them only during the session in which you access our interactive applications. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using one of several widely available methods.

This automatic collection of information is used only to help us understand how people are using the web site, and to improve its content and design. The information automatically collected about your visit includes:

  • The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use your Internet Protocol Address to generate statistics used in the management of this site.
  • The type of web browser and operating system you used.
  • The date and time your computer visited this site.
  • The web pages or services you accessed at this site, including the first and last web pages you visited.

Section 11015.5 of the Government Code prohibits any state agency from distributing or selling any “electronically collected personal information” about users to any third party without prior written permission from the user, with limited exceptions. We do not sell any electronically collected personal information. In addition, if you choose, you may have any personal information collected about you discarded, provided we are contacted in a timely fashion.

Information You Voluntarily Submit to Us

If you voluntarily participate in an activity on this web site that asks for specific information (for example, submitting a search request, sending a e-mail, or submitting a suggestion for legislation), we will collect the information you provide. We may also maintain the information you provide, in order to give you future updates on the issue or issues about which you have expressed concern. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will not affect your ability to use any other feature of the web site.

If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail with a comment or question, we will ordinarily use the information to respond to you, to address issues you identify, or to improve our web site. Alternatively, as appropriate, we may forward your e-mail to an appropriate local, state, or federal agency that may be better able to help you.

We also offer the opportunity for you to sign up for several email update lists. If you choose to join a list, we will send you occasional emails using a third-party email service provider. We never share or sell our email update lists. You may unsubscribe at any time by contacting our office or clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email update.

If you choose to submit information to us, the information will be transmitted to our database, which is stored on a web server. Any private information will be used only for the purposes for which it was provided and for related purposes and, except as described above, will not be shared with another entity except as provided by law. Information you provide may be considered with other visitors’ information to be used for statistical reporting and trending data.

Public Disclosure

In the State of California, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, state and federal laws provide exceptions to the public’s right to access public records, designed to serve various needs including maintaining the privacy of individuals.

Information collected through this site may be deemed a public record that is subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Policy and the Legislative Open Records Act, or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Legislative Open Records Act or other applicable law will control.


This web site and the information it contains are provided as a public service by the California State Legislature. The web site is monitored to ensure its proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for related purposes. Anyone using this web site expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change any information in this web site, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this site for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Limitation of Liability

We attempt to maintain the highest accuracy of content on this web site. Any errors or omissions should be reported for investigation.

We make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this web site, and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources. Reference in this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of California, or its employees or agents.


Some of the information presented on this web site may be protected by copyright or other another licensing arrangement. Permission to use that material must be obtained in advance from the California State Senate or the Legislative Counsel Bureau, as applicable. In addition, we have the unlimited right to use for any purpose, free of any charge, all information submitted via this site except those submissions made under separate legal contract. We are free to use, for any purpose, any ideas, concepts, or techniques contained in information provided through this site. If you have any questions about how content on this site can be reused, please contact our office.