Press Releases

January 24, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Today the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), voted to confirm the Governor’s appointment of Mary Salas to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Her appointment now moves to the full Senate for final confirmation.

January 10, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) released the following statements on the 2024-25 state budget proposal released by Governor Gavin Newsom today:

Pro Tem Atkins:

December 7, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s 2024-25 Fiscal Outlook issued today:

December 1, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the Legislative Analyst’s Office new revenue forecast:

October 25, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Senate Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement today:

“I applaud the Biden administration’s inclusion of $310 million in the emergency supplemental bill to treat the toxic sewage water that has devastated our prized San Diego coastline.

October 2, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom choosing Laphonza Butler to serve in the U.S. Senate:

“As someone who has effectively fought for the rights of women and working people throughout her career, Laphonza Butler is an outstanding choice to serve California in the U.S. Senate. I am grateful to Laphonza — an incredible leader and friend — for stepping up and agreeing to take on this important role. She is an excellent choice.”

September 29, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement about the passing of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein:

“California – and our nation – has lost an incredible leader who dedicated her career and life to public service, and opened doors for women in politics. We are fortunate to have benefitted from Senator Feinstein’s courage, strength, and governance for so many years – her legacy is one of a class few can hope to match.”

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September 14, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement after the conclusion of the first year of the 2023-24 Legislative Session:

September 13, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CA - Senate Bill 519 by Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins passed the Senate floor today on a 31-4 vote. The bill would increase transparency and accountability for local detention facilities as it relates to in-custody deaths. SB 519 will help improve conditions in county jails statewide and increase transparency for the families of victims. 

September 12, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Today, in a move that will further uphold California as a beacon of hope and inclusivity, the Senate passed Senate Bill 447, a bill authored by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) that would lift the state’s travel ban and create in its place a program to encourage acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.