Press Releases

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

March 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee appointed Vernita Todd to the Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees during its hearing today. As Chair of the California Senate Rules Committee, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), who recommended Todd to serve on the board, issued the following statement:

March 4, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With another hot and dry fire season on the horizon and potential drought settling in over California, preparedness efforts throughout the state are underway. In anticipation of this, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Senate’s Wildfire Working Group have released a plan and introduced a budget framework to prioritize fire prevention and response efforts.

March 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO – On a 34-0 bipartisan vote, the California State Senate today approved SB 7 by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), which restores California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) streamlining provisions and allows small-scale housing projects to benefit from those provisions.

March 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the agreement and legislation to return California students to classrooms:

 

February 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee appointed Cara N. Dessert to the Healthy California for All Commission during its hearing today. As Chair of the California Senate Rules Committee, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), who recommended Dessert to serve on the commission, issued the following statement:

February 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement about SB/AB 86, legislation that would provide more than $6 billion to help California schools re-open campuses and aid with learning recovery:

February 12, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding calls to reopen youth sports: