This January, the California Legislature will begin the second year of its 2017-2018 session. The first session, which adjourned in September, was one of the most colorful and contentious in recent memory. Marked by bitter, often personal, interparty and intraparty attacks, the session’s animosity was spawned by two key factors: a Democrat supermajority in both houses of the Legislature and the election of Donald J. Trump as president.

Jeff Janas