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February 13, 2019

It is a profound honor to represent the fifth-largest economy in the world in elective office. Now that the new Legislature has been sworn in, we must put aside election-year disputes and come together as one California because we have urgent work ahead of us.

 

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January 30, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – California’s severe housing shortage is the most pressing issue facing the Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom this year according to state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, speaking at an event hosted by California’s Public Policy Institute on Wednesday.

 

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January 18, 2019

State Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, Friday announced the state legislature’s creation of an independent workplace conduct unit and review panel, the first of its kind in the country.

Atkins and Rendon, the Senate president and Assembly speaker, respectively, jointly announced the conduct unit’s creation with state Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Five employment law experts already have been appointed to the conduct unit, the three said in their announcement.

 

January 4, 2019

When Edmund G. Brown Jr. was first sworn-in as governor, a San Diegan, Jim Mills, was on hand as president pro tem of the California State Senate. Now, as our governor prepares to finish his fourth term, I am proud to be the San Diegan leading the Senate in offering a fond and respectful farewell.

Or, as Gov. Brown would likely say, “Ave atque vale.”

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December 17, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California lawmakers are back at work this month for a new session and their slate is full.

California’s gas tax, the aftermath of the devastating wildfires, and a new governor are just some of the issues they’ll be tending to.

Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins joined KUSI to share what California should expect from the legislature this year.

 

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October 3, 2018

By Emily Stewart

Women are dramatically outnumbered on the boards of directors for the nation’s biggest companies. California just passed a law trying to change that.

October 2, 2018

By Agnes Constante

LOS ANGELES — Two new California laws will require workers in certain industries to go through training to identify human trafficking as part of a package of legislation that advocates expect will help the state address the issue.

September 21, 2018

By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

There seems to be no stopping Toni Atkins.

Born in Virginia, Atkins moved to San Diego in 1985 and was elected to her first term on the San Diego City Council in 2000 at the age of 38.

She began her life in the California Legislature as a Democratic member of the Assembly in 2010. Four years later she became the first San Diegan and the first acknowledged lesbian to be named speaker of the Assembly.

September 21, 2018

There seems to be no stopping Toni Atkins.

Born in Virginia, Atkins moved to San Diego in 1985 and was elected to her first term on the San Diego City Council in 2000 at the age of 38.

She began her life in the California Legislature as a Democratic member of the Assembly in 2010. Four years later she became the first San Diegan and the first acknowledged lesbian to be named speaker of the Assembly.

September 13, 2018

By Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos

Governor Jerry Brown takes center stage at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Marisa and Scott to talk about her journey from western Virginia to California, national perceptions of the Golden State, San Diego politics, and her leadership style.