(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Evan Low(D-San Francisco), and Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define America, Jose Antonio Vargas, to the State Capitol for a news conference to highlight why the Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB 60) and the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action are important to the Asian Pacific Islander community. Read More
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) delivered the keynote address for the 2015 California Women’s Policy Summit at the Convention Center in Sacramento. More than 500 women, and a handful of men, filled the hall to hear Speaker Atkins comment on the issues facing women in California and how those issues fit into the larger picture of state policies. Speaker Atkins praised the work being done at the annual Women’s Policy Summit, “The proposals and action plans developed at this summit will be important tools to make progress on the issues that brought us together today.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s budget proposal:
“The governor has given us a realistic and practical starting point for the budget process. I’m pleased the budget includes several Assembly priorities, including increasing funding for schools and community colleges, keeping UC affordable and focused on California students, increasing workforce development for Californians struggling to make it into the middle class, and restoring the IHSS program that helps keep vulnerable Californians out of institutions. Assembly Budget Chair Shirley Weber and the Assembly Budget Committee will move the process forward and I am confident that by summer we will have a spending plan that balances our resources with California’s needs and aspirations. I have no doubt that we will deliver an on-time, prudent, effective budget just as we have the past four years.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Senator Barbara Boxer’s announcement about her retirement in 2016:
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Barbara Boxer for her 33 years of service in the United States Congress. We will miss having such a strong, progressive leader representing the Golden State. From her passionate work addressing climate change, to her dogged determination to protect victims of sexual assault, Senator Boxer has always been – and I think always will be – a fierce advocate for environmental protections and women’s rights. Although she will retire from Capitol Hill in 2016, I am delighted to hear that she said she will continue to champion these important issues. We look forward to welcoming her back home full-time.”
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins responds to reporters moments after Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his unprecedented fourth inaugural address in the Assembly Chamber, Jan. 5, 2015.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) says Governor Brown’s remarks to the Legislature today – which served as both his record setting 4th inaugural address and State of the State speech – did a great job setting the foundation for serious discussions in the coming year. Speaker Atkins says she especially appreciated the Governor’s emphasis on long term solutions to the pressing infrastructure needs of California and the proper implementation of health care and social safety net programs.
SACRAMENTO – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today named Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), as Democratic Caucus Chair, adding to her Floor Leadership Team on the first day of the 2015-2016 session.
Assemblymember Eggman was first elected to the Assembly in 2012.
Speaker Atkins announced the members of her Floor Team late last week. They are:
SACRAMENTO – Tonight, President Obama announced his long-awaited executive actions to provide administrative relief for up to five million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, in addition to continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, grant the parents of U.S. citizen and Legal Permanent Resident children protection from deportation if they have resided in the country for at least five years. In order to qualify for relief, a background check must be passed and taxes must be paid.
California is home to more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. These are students at the top of their class and hardworking individuals making important contributions to the economy. They are all seeking to realize the California dream for their families. As a result of the President’s executive actions, many of these families will now be able to stay together, obtain work and education permits, and not be under the constant threat of deportation.
Speaker Toni Atkins, District 78
“I want to thank the members of the Assembly for their hard work and their commitment to the people they represent. The water bond and a groundwater management plan, a fourth on time budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, a fix to the longtime underfunding of STRS and a real Rainy Day Fund that will help end the cycles of boom and bust are among the chief successes we can be proud of this year.”
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, District 7
“A critical element of addressing the water challenges facing California involves ensuring a sustainable supply of groundwater. Over drafting our groundwater leads to subsidence and contamination; consequences we cannot afford.”
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, District 17
“We need [Assembly Bill 885] to stop the few prosecutors whose seal for convictions lead them to cut corners on justice. We can’t wait decades to free the innocent while the true perpetrators run free.”
Assemblymember Das Williams, District 37
“The tragedy in Isla Vista is a horrific example of how our mental health laws and gun laws are not working together. [Assembly Bill 1014] will help close the gap and provide the necessary legal tools to empower immediate family members and law enforcement to protect loved ones and the public from the dangers of gun violence.”
Assemblymember Steven Bradford, District 62
“Folks with certain disabilities may not be able to complete their [voter] registration forms with a traditional signature. [Assembly Bill 1311] will ensure their right to vote is protected, by allowing them to complete their forms by making a mark, a cross, or affixing a stamp to their form.”
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, District 80
“It's clear that paid sick days are not only good for working people who are able to keep themselves and their customers healthy, but good for business owners who will see less turnover and better productivity from workers who are able to perform to their best ability.”