statement regarding the passage of legislation addressing tobacco and e-cigarette usage:
"Studies have shown that Californians spend more than $9.8 billion treating the effects of tobacco use every year and $3.5 billion is billed directly to Medi-Cal. Raising the legal smoking age will help lower the number of young people who use tobacco, and that means healthier Californians and lower costs for taxpayers. Advocates have said this is the most sweeping tobacco regulation in 50 years. California led the way for the nation with a workplace ban, and the restrictions in bars and restaurants. We are leading the way again."
Information about the Second Extraordinary Session bills related to tobacco can be found here.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State address:
“Clearly the state of the state is better than it has been in years. And, as I’ve said, that’s thanks to voters and to the partnership between the Governor and Legislative Democrats. What we heard in the Governor’s State of the State address this morning is that there is plenty of room for that partnership to keep right on delivering for the people of California.
“Assembly Democrats, who led the effort to create the state’s Rainy Day Fund, support the Governor’s call for responsible budgeting, and the Governor has shown his willingness to make meaningful budget improvements, like adding the state EITC to last year’s budget.
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) have released the following statement regarding the potential for gun violence bills to come before the Legislature this session:
“There has been much discussion about what the California Legislature will do on the issue of gun violence. The Assembly will be working with our colleagues in the State Senate to advance legislation that prevents gun violence and keeps our communities safe, while balancing Second Amendment rights. The recent Field Poll showed broad bipartisan support in California for common sense measures to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been shattered by gun violence for us not to act. When so many have fallen, the responsibility is on us to stand up and do what’s right.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today was elected the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly.
“I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me and for this immense privilege to serve,” Rendon said. “We as policymakers have a great deal of work ahead of us to meet the challenges Californians demand we address.”
Rendon will assume the office of Speaker on March 7.
“With the annual budget process underway, my immediate priority is working with my colleagues to negotiate a budget that represents the values of the people of California,” Rendon said. “Moving forward, the Assembly has a tremendous opportunity to address not only short-term goals but also the lingering long-term issues facing our state.”
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the election of Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) as the next Speaker of the state Assembly:
“From working together on the water bond and other vital issues, to helping represent California at the recent COP 21 Climate Change conference in Paris, I have seen up close, and time and again, what a thoughtful and effective leader Anthony Rendon is. I’m delighted the Assembly has made the excellent decision today to ratify Assembly Democrats’ choice of Mr. Rendon to serve as the next Speaker. Over the next two months we will continue the smooth transition process that we began last September. I know Speaker Rendon will move assertively right out of the gate, and will lead the Assembly through a successful and meaningful 2016 session.”
SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s budget proposal:
“California’s budget today is balanced, and it’s in the best position in decades to withstand a future economic downturn. That’s an important reminder of the phenomenal job legislative Democrats, the Governor, and the voters have done in turning the state’s finances around.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) impending resignation:
“Assemblymember Perea has been a forceful advocate for his district and the people of the Central Valley. While my colleagues and I in the Assembly will miss his intelligence and good humor, we are delighted he is pursuing a role where he can still have a voice in helping shape public policy.”
Sacramento, CA –Assembly Bill 935 (2014) by Assemblymember Frazier takes effect Nov. 12, and will allow United States military service members to apply for a California driver’s license or identification card with a “Veteran” designation.
“With the growing population of veterans returning to California, it is our responsibility to help make sure they are well-equipped to integrate back into civilian life,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Assembly Bill 935 helps us fulfill that pledge to our veterans. Proof of military service is now literally at the individual’s fingertips, which will help ensure that California veterans are receiving all the benefits and services they’re rightfully entitled to.”
SAN DIEGO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement regarding the Air Force’s announcement on long-range strike bomber award contracts:
“This announcement means thousands of jobs will be coming to California, and that’s great news. When the Legislature created the tax credits to help Northrup Grumman and the team of Lockheed Martin and Boeing compete for the Department of Defense’s long-range bomber project, this is exactly the outcome we wanted to see. This also shows our approach to use targeted tax credits tied to actual job creation is a better model than Texas-style corporate giveaways. Both bidders, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin / Boeing, made strong proposals, but the real winner is California’s workforce.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today released the following statement regarding UC President Janet Napolitano’s announcement that she is preparing a plan to have UC increase its enrollment of California students:
“It appears the University of California is moving in the right direction to enroll more California students—and that’s great news. When the Assembly conducted our in-depth review of the University of California this year, it was clear that the university can and should do a better job fulfilling its mission to educate California students. That’s why we included an additional $25 million for UC if it enrolls 5,000 more Californians. President Napolitano’s comments suggest UC has accepted this challenge. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, and the members of the subcommittee deserve California’s thanks for highlighting this issue and bringing us to this point.”
“This bill brings California’s election recount process into the 21st century. Elections are a fundamental democratic principle and we must make every effort to ensure their integrity. I believe AB 44, will do just that.”
As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I know the importance of college affordability and safety. We must ensure students are provided with safe learning environments. In addition, students need transparency in higher education costs in order to make informed financial decisions for college."
"We know that students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs. It's imperative that foster youth get the support and resources they need to succeed academically."