Press Releases

April 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), along with Senate Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senate Budget Subcommittee Chairs Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas), María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), announced the Senate’s budget proposal to build a post-pandemic economy that extends prosperity for Californians and invests resources to address the state’s most pressing needs in innovative and equitable ways.

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Senate Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Senate Budget Subcommittee Chair Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), and the Senate’s Wildfire Working Group are praising an agreement between the Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom that invests nearly a half-billion dollars into California’s wildfire prevention and resiliency efforts.

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced a $536 million funding plan to help improve California’s resilience to wildfires. They released the following statement:

March 24, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate Leader Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom of Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) to serve as California’s next Attorney General:

 

March 24, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced the establishment of the 2021-22 Legislative Session Senate Select Committees. These committees, and member appointments, are effective immediately. Senate Rules Committee adopted the Senate Select Committees today.

 

Senate Select Committee on the 2020 United States Census

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Co-Chair

Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), Co-Chair

Senator Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas)

March 22, 2021

SACRAMENTO – On World Water Day 2021, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), and climate change experts called on Californians to encourage their communities to support SB 1, legislation authored by Pro Tem Atkins to provide tools for California to combat sea level rise. 

March 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today announced the establishment of the five-member inaugural board for the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA), a new administrative agency charged with protecting the fundamental privacy rights of consumers over their personal information. The CPPA board consists of experts in privacy, technology, and consumer rights.

March 16, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today presented SB 1, a landmark bill to help California address the impacts of sea level rise, to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, which approved the bill in a 7-2 vote.

March 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s signing of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan:

March 11, 2021

SACRAMENTO –Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced the following update to committee appointments today, following the swearing in of the Senate’s newest member, Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles). The committee appointments are effective immediately.

 

Standing Committees
Appropriations

  • Appoint Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) to fill the vacancy.

Budget and Fiscal Review