Press Releases

March 8, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022 State of the State address, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement:

March 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today that she has introduced a bill to clarify existing law that allows nurse practitioners meeting specified criteria to practice without physician supervision, including first trimester abortion care.

March 2, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Elizabeth “Lizzie” Buchen to the Peace Officer Standards Accountability Advisory Board. She fills the Senate’s position for a person with experience working on police accountability with community-based organizations.

February 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Miguel Garcia to the Board of State and Community Corrections to fill the Board’s position for an individual with expertise in the juvenile justice system.

February 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Caitlin Vega, J.D. to the California Insurance Guarantee Association Board of Governors.

February 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Catalina Chacon to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

February 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced she has introduced 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.

February 17, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement on a Senate hearing being set to debate the merits of a resolution to end California’s state of emergency:

February 4, 2022

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), today announced changes to the Senate’s committee membership assignments and updates to the Senate’s Presiding Officer roster. The committee membership changes will go before the Senate Rules Committee for adoption next week.

Standing Committees

Budget and Fiscal Review

  • Appoint Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). 

Governance and Finance

February 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber (D-San Diego) today released the following statement on the California State Auditor’s report regarding the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and in-custody deaths: