California's Sister State Relationships

 

California currently has 28 official Sister State relationships throughout the world.

A sister state relationship is a formal declaration of friendship between two regions, states, or nations. Such an agreement is a symbol of mutual goodwill thereby encouraging bilateral cooperation.  

California's Sister States are developed and implemented to encourage and facilitate mutually beneficial social, economic, educational, and cultural exchanges between a particular global region and the Golden State.

The agreements are drafted as legislative resolutions and are introduced by a member of the State Senate or Assembly and must be approved by the majority of elected representatives in each chamber.

The list below contains live links and is a chronological account of California's Sister States, the corresponding legislative language with author's name, and the year it was enacted. 

To learn about a particular region or country, click on the listing in the Country/Region column.  To learn why the State Legislature created the special relationship, click on the resolution.  You may also obtain copies of the resolutions by contacting the Legislative Bill Room, State Capitol, Room B-32, at (916) 445-2323.
 

Region/Country Legislation Established
Santa Fe, Argentina

Resolution. Chapter 91
(SCR 6 - Monning)

2015
Jalisco, Mexico Resol. Chapter 70
(SCR 82 - Hueso)
2014
Province of Jeju, Republic of Korea Resol. Chapter 80
(ACR 42 – Chu)
2005
Baja California (Sur), Mexico Resol. Ch. 131
(SCR 95 - Torlakson)
2002
Azores, Portugal Resol. Ch. 124
(SCR 84 - Costa)
2002
Gujarat State, India Resol. Ch. 13
(SCR 4 - Burton)
2001
Punjab State, India Resol. Ch. 12
(SCR 3 - Burton)
2001
Jalisco, Mexico Resol. Ch. 148
(ACR 183 - Firebaugh)
2000
Western Cape Province,
South Africa
Resol. Ch. 2
(SCR 42 - Murray)
2000
Governorate of Cairo, Egypt Resol. Ch. 130
(SCR 41 - Murray)
1999
Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region, China**
Resol. Ch. 93
(SCR 26 - Costa)
1999
Parana, Brazil Resol. Ch. 92
(SCR 8 - Costa)
1999
Baja California (Norte), Mexico Resol. Ch. 46
(SCR 5 - Kelley)
1999
San Salvador, El Salvador Resol. Ch. 103
(SCR 81 - Hayden)
1998
Alberta, Canada Resol. Ch. 29
(SCR 8 - Thompson)
1997
New South Wales,
Australia
Resol. Ch. 52
(SCR 19 - Brulte)
1997
Chungchongnam-do Province,
Republic of Korea
Resol. Ch. 33
(SCR 54 - Marks)
1996
Umbria, Italy Resol. Ch. 39
(SCR 4 - Petris)
1995
Special Province of Yogyakarta,
Indonesia
Resol. Ch. 62
(SCR 23 - Marks)
1995
Altai Republic,
Russian Federation
Resol. Ch. 45
(SCR 11 - Johnston)
1995
Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous
District, Russian Federation
Resol. Ch. 87
(SCR 49 - Rosenthal)
1994
Osaka Prefecture, Japan* Resol. Ch. 116
(ACR 113 - Vasconcellos)
1994
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Region, France
Resol. Ch. 135
(SCR 115 - Roberti)
1990
Queretaro, Mexico Resol. Ch. 110
(ACR 137 - Cortese)
1988
Republic of Korea** Resol. Ch. 97
(SCR 6 - Montoya)
1987
Catalonia, Spain Resol. Ch. 71
(SCR 71 - Mello)
1986
Jiangsu Province,
People's Republic of China**
Resol. Ch. 66
(SCR 19 - Garamendi)
1985
Taiwan/Republic of China Resol. Ch. 120
(SCR 40 - Polanco)
1983

Areas marked with * are a Cooperation Agreement
Areas marked with ** are a Friendship State Relationship

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