Press Releases

April 28, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced the following upcoming Senate events:

April 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on her appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery:

April 15, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today the creation of a special committee on California’s COVID-19 emergency response.

The Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, a bipartisan committee of eleven senators, is tasked with reviewing the state’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis – what has gone right and what could be improved. The committee also will make findings and recommendations for future preparedness if the coronavirus returns later in the year, or if the state faces a subsequent pandemic. 

April 9, 2020

A newly-created Senate subcommittee focused on the state’s COVID-19 response will hold a hearing next week to review expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 9, 2020

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins released the following statement upon the passing of feminist and LGBTQ activist Phillis Lyon:

March 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins on Monday issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate actions related to COVID-19:

“Today the Senate provided up to $1 billion for lifesaving care and COVID-19 prevention efforts. We also set a good example by shifting Senate activity from legislative work in the Capitol to allow us to follow public health directives while still working for the people of California. Right now no job is more important than flattening the COVID-19 curve.

March 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on COVID-19 and the Capitol Community:

“We are monitoring COVID-19 closely and are following the California Department of Public Health’s recommendations on large gatherings. At this time, the Senate is not recommending any changes to the way it conducts its business but understands the fluidity of the situation and may issue further guidance if needed.”

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March 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s actions regarding COVID-19:

“My number one priority continues to be protecting the health and well-being of the public, our legislative workforce, and my colleagues.

“I fully support the Governor’s actions in adopting California Public Health guidelines for mitigating against the spread of COVID-19, and my colleagues and I urge all Californians to follow those suggestions.

February 26, 2020

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced the following changes to committees (changes reflected in bold):

Appropriations:

  • Portantino (Chair), Bates (Vice Chair), Bradford, Hill, Jones, Weickowski, and vacant.

Energy, Utilities, and Communications:

February 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO—Senate Leader Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced she has introduced SB 1100, first-of-its-kind legislation that will help California communities protect against the loss of life, economic harm, and environmental damage caused by rising sea levels due to global warming.