Press Releases

August 26, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding a positive test of COVID-19 within the Senate:

August 13, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the Judicial Council of California’s decision to extend emergency rules on evictions and foreclosures to September 1, 2020:

July 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on the Senate’s implementation of remote voting under certain circumstances:

“In these unprecedented times, the Senate has to be able to do the people’s business in a way that protects the health of members, staff, and the public, and is consistent with our Constitution.

July 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the White House memorandum that seeks to exclude immigrants from the 2020 Census count:

July 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the California Supreme Court’s decision to extend the August 15, 2021 deadline regarding the way federal and state districts are redrawn based on 2020 Census data results, which will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

July 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement today regarding the California Supreme Court’s decision to lower the score required to pass the bar exam and grant provisional licensure to recent law school graduates:

“I commend the California Supreme Court for quickly reaching a resolution on the issue confronting recent law school graduates preparing to take the 2020 bar exam and the call on the legal profession for more inclusion and representation.

July 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the changing of University of California presidents:

“The University of California has long been a remarkable institution of higher learning and opened pathways for millions of Californians, who now help lead us as the fifth largest economy in the world.

June 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who provide abortions at clinics to have hospital admitting privileges, calling the law “unconstitutional:”

“The decision by SCOTUS to strike down this latest attempt to erode abortion rights in this country is encouraging and sends a much-needed message to those seeking to strip away women’s rights to govern our own bodies. 

June 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement after Senate passed California’s 2020-2021 State Budget:

“We started 2020 at an economic high, and pivoted swiftly over the last few months to arrive at a budget plan that is responsible as well as responsive to the needs of Californians. This pragmatic agreement is possible thanks to the responsible budgeting decisions we made over the past decade that built reserves and paid down debts.

June 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement following news today that in a 5-to-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for now, which provides legal protections to youth brought to the U.S. as minors.