Press Releases

April 27, 2022

Sacramento—Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today their bipartisan legislation in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to establish California’s first Statewide Imagination Library Program unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee today.

April 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO – After months of work to determine solutions that would enhance the state’s ability to meet the challenges of climate change, adaptation, and resiliency through an equitable lens, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), State Senator Anna Caballero (D-Merced), and State Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) announced today that they have introduced the Clean Energy, Jobs, and Affordability Act of 2022.

April 18, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins’ nurse practitioner legislation, SB 1375, has garnered strong support from a large coalition of women’s health care organizations and professional groups, non-profits, and public health experts.

April 5, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee today passed SB 1034, legislation by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) that strengthens the process for consideration of civil commitment of sexually violent predators and creates a housing committee of legal and local stakeholders to evaluate individuals and community safety needs after a court has determined that the person can be safely released back into the community with supervision.

March 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding AB 2179, rent relief legislation that was passed by the Senate and signed into law by Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis today:

March 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), today appointed Darshana R. Patel, Ph.D. to the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Dr. Patel was nominated by the Asian American and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

March 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), has reappointed Ramon Rubalcava to the Board of Administration for the Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) concurred in this joint appointment.

March 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Captain Jesse Conner to the Paramedic Disciplinary Review Board. Captain Conner will serve as the Rules Committee’s appointment for a field paramedic with at least five years of experience as an Advanced Life Support provider.

March 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement about AB 2179, legislation that would extend eviction protections through June 30 for Californians who are participating in rental assistance programs.

March 22, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom signing into law SB 245, the Abortion Accessibility Act: