Senate Leader Atkins Issues Statement Regarding Modifications to December 7, 2020 Organizational Session

November 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has issued the following statement regarding modifications to the Senate’s organizational session scheduled for December 7, 2020, based on recent public health guidance:


“To do our part to help prevent a potential surge in the spread of COVID-19, the California State Senate will be strictly complying with the directives of the Sacramento County Department of Health Services when conducting our constitutionally-required organizational session on December 7. The Health Services Director has confirmed that the distancing, screening, and air filtration systems the Senate has put in place—along with a strict no-guest policy—are sufficient to allow for the Senate’s organizational session to be conducted within the Senate Chamber. When Californians are changing holiday traditions and putting off graduations, weddings, and other important events, the Senate wants to make sure that we are conducting this essential public business in a way that reflects the seriousness of the times and respects the sacrifices Californians are making.”




Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: