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 Atkins Plan: Reject Fee Hikes, Increase Funding for Higher Education (San Francisco) - Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) told the University of California Board of Regents it should reject proposed fee increases for in-state students and instead provide UC with additional state funding coupled with greater UC efficiencies, higher enrollment of California students, a cap on out-of-state-students and an accelerated, reasonable fee increase for out-of-state students in line with other universities. “The proposed fee increase of more than 25% is unacceptable—California students and their families have faced too many fee increases already,” said Speaker Atkins. Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced a plan that would reject proposed fee increases for in-state students at the University of California and instead provide UC with additional state funding coupled with greater UC efficiencies, higher enrollment of California students, a cap on out-of-state-students and an accelerated, reasonable fee increase for out-of-state students in line with other universities.
“The proposed fee increase of more than 25% is unacceptable—California students and their families have faced too many fee increases already,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Instead, UC should work with the Legislature and Governor to get UC the money it needs to remain one of the state’s world-class assets, without harming the California students and families the university was created to serve.”
“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."