Press Releases

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:

February 2, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), reappointed Robert Gleason and Wendy Greuel to the California Film Commission today.

February 2, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed former Senator Anthony Cannella to the Little Hoover Commission.

“The Little Hoover Commission strives to make government policy-making more accessible and bipartisan, and Anthony Cannella has shown time and time again that he is committed to that goal, and to building bridges that improve the lives of Californians,” Pro Tem Atkins said. “I have no doubt that Anthony will work tirelessly to continue this mission.”

January 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced that Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) has been appointed as Assistant Majority Leader for the Senate. The move follows the transition of Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) to Majority Leader, and the transition of Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) to Majority Leader Emeritus.

January 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO – As the Senate moves forward in the second year of the 2021-2022 legislative session, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced that two Democratic Senate leaders are transitioning into new positions. Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) will move from serving as Majority Leader of the Senate to Majority Leader Emeritus. Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), currently serving as Assistant Majority Leader, will become Majority Leader.  

January 10, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, released the following statements regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2022-23 state budget:

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins:

December 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With a strong fiscal outlook for California on the horizon that includes more than $51 billion in available discretionary resources for schools and other General Fund purposes, the Senate has begun work on a budget plan that harnesses the state’s wealth to ensure a more equitable economy that uplifts California families.