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Undocumented immigrants need protection from injustices of broken national system
SACRAMENTO – Legislative leaders today announced a 10-bill package to protect hardworking undocumented immigrants from fraud, discrimination, lack of health care, and the unintended consequences of our criminal justice system.
“The Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package will not erase all the challenges our undocumented residents face. The work is far from finished,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. “But this package demonstrates our commitment to making California a state that works for all of us.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s executive order for mandatory water restrictions due to the severity of California’s drought:
“As the drought continues to grow in depth and duration, so must our efforts to increase water conservation and efficiency in every part of the state. Our decimated snowpack shows that Governor Brown is right to put these strong, mandatory steps in place. Getting through this drought and future droughts to come will take a combination of immediate, short-range and long-term steps. The Governor’s order today is the right step at the right time. Now, it’s up to all of us to do our part.”
(Sacramento) – The California Assembly today approved a package of emergency drought relief bills that would provide over $1 billion in funds to alleviate problems caused by the drought and reinforce local water infrastructure.
“When we passed the historic water bond last year we said we would revisit it to do more if needed,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “The package before us today is the first step in fulfilling that obligation and in helping bring relief to Californians suffering the effects of the drought. We will also take additional steps, as needed, going forward. But the severity of the drought requires that action start now.”
AB 91 and AB 92 will now go to the Governor for his signature.
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Jerry Brown, Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and GOP legislative leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen for a state capitol news conference to announce new emergency drought legislation. “The drought isn’t letting up, so we can’t either,” said Speaker Atkins. “The steps the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked on will deliver relief to Californians harmed by the drought and help us manage the significant problems the drought continues to cause.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Assembly Bill 96, which would close loopholes that prevent the effective enforcement of existing California law prohibiting the sale of ivory, has been approved by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. “On average, 96 elephants per day are brutally killed for their ivory, translating into an average of over 35,000 elephants per year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “This type of species loss is unsustainable and African elephants are now being slaughtered faster than they are being born.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Web Report. www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Los Angeles) – California has an affordable housing shortage and homelessness problem that must be addressed. That’s why Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Treasurer John Chiang, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu gathered on a rooftop in L.A. to announce the Assembly Democrats proposal to create more affordable housing in California. The plan includes establishing a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, increasing the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit and using a portion of the Proposition 47 funds to reduce recidivism through rapid rehousing programs. Here’s more from Speaker Atkins and others in this Assembly Web Report. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), responding to the University of California’s plan to further limit enrollment of California students, says she’s frustrated by the UC’s latest attempt to use students as bargaining chips by agreeing to admit 2,000 new out of state students, but threatening to limit the enrollment of new California students. Speaker Atkins says, “Proposing a cap on out of state students at two UC campuses, while increasing out of state enrollment overall, does not solve the problem. UC’s job is to educate California students, not waitlist them.” Here’s more from Speaker Atkins in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/speaker
LOS ANGELES—Speaker Toni G. Atkins, joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu, and other business and local leaders, today announced the Assembly Democrats proposal to create more affordable housing in California.
“Housing instability is affecting more people than ever before, including more young people and families,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “To make inroads against California’s housing issues, the Assembly is taking a comprehensive approach to increasing the amount of affordable housing in our state.”
California can't have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state. With the Great Recession past and the state's finances stabilized, it's time to fix this problem.
“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."