Press Releases

December 4, 2018

Senators Introduce ‘Preserve California’ Environmental Protection Measure

November 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement applauding the appointment of Ann O’Leary as Chief of Staff and Ana Matosantos as Cabinet Secretary.

November 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California:

“I grieve with the Thousand Oaks community and all Californians on the senseless death of so many of their loved ones.

I am thankful for the efforts of law enforcement to respond quickly to such a tragedy - including Sgt. Helus who lost his own life in his effort to save others.”

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September 28, 2018

Senate Leader Atkins Opposes Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on the pending confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court:

September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced that the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has organized a series of workshops throughout the state to solicit input on the new California Community Reinvestment Grants program.

September 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate once again demonstrated its commitment to addressing climate change and protecting our environment by passing groundbreaking legislation that accelerates the state’s transition away from fossil fuels and safeguards our public lands. The Senate also approved significant investments in environmental protection through the 2018-19 budget.

September 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced that the state Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) has notified communities across California that funding is now available from two programs aimed at significantly reducing homelessness: the Homeless Emergency Aid Program and the Atkins-authored Building Homes and Jobs Act.

September 4, 2018

State Courts Unveil Online Help Center for Californians Applying for Name or Gender Change

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) today encouraged residents seeking a gender and/or conforming name change on their state-issued identity documents to visit the California Courts’ online help center for assistance with new procedures established by two pieces of legislation authored by Atkins and signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year.  

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate closed the 2018 legislative session this evening approving significant initiatives that support California’s working families, invest in our education system, protect our environment and prepare California for the harsh new realities of climate change.

“I am proud of the work we have done this year,” said Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins. “We continue to be one of the nation’s most active and effective legislative bodies, confronting age-old inequities and finding innovative solutions to new problems.”

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate will today take up SB 901, the comprehensive legislative report detailing plans for preventing future catastrophic wildfires across the state while protecting utility ratepayers from unfairly bearing the costs of wildfire impacts.

Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, calls SB 901 a “commonsense solution that puts ratepayers and victims first, embraces wildfire-prevention best practices and reduces fire fuel in our forests.”