Press Releases

July 31, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Today, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles) submitted comments on a proposed federal rule that prohibits Title X providers from counseling and referring abortion services to a patient. This so-called “gag rule” drastically limits providers’ ability to give full information about a person’s family-planning options and arbitrarily forces doctors and nurses to limit the care patients need. The proposed rule also limits access to all 18 U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved methods of contraception and evidence-based family-planning options.

July 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in reaction to the Regents of the University of California’s decision to reduce tuition for the 2018-2019 school year.

July 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Backed by dozens of pink-clad supporters of women’s health care, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today that the state budget that took effect on July 1 includes funding for her bill, SB 945, which removes unreasonable caps on treatment under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program for low-income Californians.

July 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) congratulated the

July 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in reaction to today’s U.S. District Court decision to uphold SB 54, California’s law that limits the involvement of state and local police agencies in federal immigration enforcement:

July 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced the appointment of the Senators who will serve on the Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response. They are:

  • Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Co-Chair.
  • Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).
  • Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego).
  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).
  • Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County).

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June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Janus v. AFSCME:

June 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins today recognized San Diego resident Veronica Zerrer as Veteran of the Year in the 39th District for 2018.

Retired U.S. Army Major Zerrer was active in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1980, serving as a cryptologic technician, and then in the Army from 1980 to 1998, as a cavalry scout, platoon leader, company commander and staff officer while assigned to the 1st Infantry and the 35th Infantry Divisions.

June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins today recognized San Diego-based i.d.e.a. as Small Business of the Year in the 39th District

June 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The fiscal year 2018-19 state budget approved by the Senate this week makes major investments in housing and homelessness throughout California, building on the momentum generated in 2017 with the passage of a landmark package of 15 housing bills.