Press Releases

August 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The California State Assembly passed Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins’ (D-San Diego) SB 1027, legislation that would expand the jurisdictional boundary of the San Diego River Conservancy (SDRC) to include the entire watershed of the San Diego River. The bill also expands the SDRC’s governing board to include a member of the El Cajon City Council and amends the definition of tribal nation to directly reference the Kumeyaay Bands associated with the area.

August 16, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), reappointed Debra Maxie to the California Student Aid Commission on Wednesday, August 10.

“Debra Maxie has decades of real world experience teaching in classrooms and counseling youth,” Pro Tem Atkins said. “Her keen understanding of the needs of California’s students has made her a critical voice on the Commission.”

August 15, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement following a recognition ceremony held during floor session today to honor the 2021-22 California Senate Fellows and the California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellows placed in the Senate:

August 12, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has passed Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins’ (D-San Diego) SB 1041, legislation that would make permanent the sales tax exemption for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and other qualifying organizations that provide financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Armed Forces of the United States, their family members, and survivors. The bill passed out of the Assembly Thursday on a 76-0 bipartisan vote, and it now heads to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.

August 11, 2022

SACRAMENTO –  As California continues to safeguard protections for abortion access following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) moderated a roundtable discussion on reproductive rights with Vice President Kamala Harris and other California leaders today in San Francisco.

August 10, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s nomination of Associate Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as the next Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, and his intent to appoint Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kelli Evans to the California Supreme Court as an Associate Justice:

August 10, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Kate Kendell to the Covered California Governing Board.

August 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Tamika Nelson to the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board. Ms. Nelson fulfills the requirement for one county chief probation officer to be appointed to this office.

July 27, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement today regarding the announced retirement of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye:

June 29, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, released the following statement on the 2022-23 final budget passed by the Senate and Assembly today: