There's rarely a shortage of voices chiming into the never-ending debates under the dome. But this week lawmakers opened their ears to what was billed as "a voice that you've never heard here before."
Famed primatologist Jane Goodall paid a visit to the Senate floor during a short floor session Thursday, greeting lawmakers with the call of a wild chimpanzee.
Listen to Goodall perform the call yourself in this audio recording.
The UN Messenger of Peace, who also visited with Gov. Jerry Brown, praised the state for its "leading role in actually having climate change legislation."
Earlier in the week, lawmakers eagerly lined up for handshakes and pictures with Jazz great Herbie Hancock, who was honored with a resolution marking his contributions to music and Black History Month.
"The spirit of California is the background music of my life," the Chicago-born musician said on the floor Monday.
PHOTO CREDIT: Famed primate researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall, center, demonstrates a chimpanzee greeting call during her visit to the state Senate as Senators Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, left, and Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, right, look on at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, March 3, 2011.(AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli)