- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Speakers of the California Assembly have discretion over how to spend the legislative body’s roughly $150 million annual operating budget, including on services that have nothing to do with lawmaking. The spending is not subject to public hearings or vote.

Below is a list of recipients of Assembly speaker funding since 2008:

- Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: $29,860,000

- Department of Education: $27,570,000

- Employment Development Department: $13,160,000

- Department of Parks and Recreation: $11,741,909

- University of California Regents: $6,705,000

- Department of Aging: $5,400,000

- California State University: $4,730,000

- California Military Department: $3,595,435

- California Community Colleges: $2,000,000

- Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development: $2,000,000

- California Arts Council: $2,000,000

- California Department of Veterans Affairs: $1,500,000

- California Conservation Corps: $1,361,000

- Secretary of State: $1,200,000

- Department of Social Services: $1,000,000

- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: $500,000

- State Authorized Risk Assessment Tool for Sex Offenders Review Committee: $250,000

- Office of Emergency Services: $250,000

- Department of Veterans Affairs: $220,000

- California Commission on the Status of Women: $150,000

- California Health Benefit Exchange: $30,000

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Source: Associated Press analysis of Assembly annual expenditure reports

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