Press Releases

May 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement regarding the Senate’s return to the State Capitol:

 

“With the Senate’s Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response hearing held today, and with Senators slated to return to the Capitol on Monday, May 11, 2020 the California State Senate is continuing our efforts to conduct the people’s business in a safe, responsible, and transparent way.

May 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced today a revised calendar for the remainder of the 2020 Legislative session. Adjustments were needed as lawmakers return to the Capitol and continue tackling the state’s continued response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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.