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Representing the 78th District
Representing the 78th District
(Sacramento) - Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) joined advocates for pregnant women who are incarcerated in releasing a report on compliance with Atkins’ legislation prohibiting the most dangerous forms of shackling. The report states that while 21 of California’s 58 counties have fully complied with the law, the remaining counties have either not fully complied, not complied at all, or did not respond to inquiries. “I am proud to be the author of legislation that protects both public safety and the health and welfare of pregnant prisoners and their newborns. I applaud the counties that have fully complied with this new law,” says Atkins. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Plate Created Through Atkins Bill Will Benefit California Museums
(Sacramento) With Peanuts character Snoopy looking over her shoulder, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins today signed up to be one of the first to receive a Snoopy license plate, the proceeds from which will benefit California museums. The plate, which features an original drawing by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz of the famous beagle doing his signature twirling feet dance, is now available to the public.
The San Diego Union-Tribune: Atkins Tapped for Assembly Speaker
SACRAMENTO - San Diego's Toni Atkins on Wednesday was elected as the next speaker of the Assembly — a powerful post that will put her in the position to directly negotiate compromises with Gov. Jerry Brown as the state confronts complex and controversial issues from the budget to the drought to education.
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Assembly Democratic colleagues to succeed Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly.
“I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,” says Atkins. “From the drought we are experiencing to ensuring a healthy business climate and a world class educational system, California is facing important issues in the near future. I look forward to leading the State Assembly in working with the Senate and the Governor to meet our challenges and to move our great state forward. I thank my Assembly colleagues for their confidence and support.
(Sacramento) The Governor has laid out a forward looking but strategic vision for our state’s future. Achieving our state’s comeback, as the Governor calls it, is due to disciplined work by the Governor and the Legislature as well as the support of the voters of California for the temporary taxes enacted through proposition 30. Our hard work and faith in the future has paid off.
Democrats in the Assembly agree that our state is on the rebound, but that it is also important for us to be cautious and conservative as we look at how best to use state resources now that the crisis caused by the great recession is behind us. The most important principles we should apply as we go forward are maintaining stability and investing in opportunity.
(Sacramento) –Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is very pleased with what Governor Jerry Brown had to say in his State of the State Address. Majority Leader Atkins was glad that the governor has made it a priority to deal responsibly with California’s drought conditions and called on all of us to do our part. She looks forward to working with him to achieve great things for California.
"I think we're on track to have a very good deliberative process with the governor," said Atkins. "And as California rebounds, to maintain stability while looking for opportunities to help our state move forward."
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins will introduce legislation designed to ensure that residents of assisted living facilities, also called residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs), are financially protected in the event of injury or death by requiring the facilities to carry liability insurance coverage. The bill is sponsored by Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) and jointly authored with Assemblymember Shirley Weber of San Diego.
“I was very surprised to learn that these residences entrusted with the care of our seniors are not required to have insurance that would compensate them or their families in a case of neglect or abuse,” says Atkins. “We require home child care facilities to be insured; we should have the same standard for ensuring adequate compensation for older Californians should a tragedy at an assisted living facility occur.”
(Sacramento) The Governor’s proposal echoes a number of the budget principles enunciated in the Assembly Democrats Blueprint for a Responsible Budget released last month. We all agree that the budget should take a cautious approach to expenditures, even as our economic outlook improves. We also share a commitment to paying down our debt, especially to schools; building up our reserves; investing in education, jobs and job creation; and ensuring a safety net of services for the most vulnerable Californians.
Among the highlights of the Governor’s proposed budget that will be of particular interest to my constituents are:
(San Diego) Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 425, a bill by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins to require the State of California to address water pollution caused by copper-based anti-fouling hull paint. Under this bill, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is directed to complete by February 1, 2014 its work to evaluate and make recommendations regarding whether the paint should be subject to increased state oversight and how best to mitigate its potentially harmful effects.
“Copper-based paint is effective in keeping boat hulls free from damaging organisms like barnacles and algae but it also poses a threat to aquatic animal and plant life when it leaches into water where recreational boats are moored,” says Atkins. “We need to complete the scientific analysis in order to develop sound and balanced environmental policy that protects our marine ecosystem without being overly burdensome.”
(San Diego) AB 482, a bill to improve the cost effectiveness of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) and to fund museums through the sale of a Snoopy license plate, was passed by the State Legislature today and sent to the Governor.
“California’s museums preserve our cultural identity for future generations while providing enjoyment and education for everyone,” says Atkins. “Snoopy is himself a cultural institution and having his partnership in support of our museums is sure to make a huge difference in keeping them financially strong. I hope everyone will sign up for a Snoopy plate and I thank Governor Brown for signing AB 482.”
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Wednesday, February 22 2012
Atkins Bill Will Strengthen Protections Against Child Abuse And Pornography
(Sacramento) Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has introduced AB 1817 to require commercial computer technicians to be mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect. “Computer technicians are on the front lines for discovering child sexual abuse and pornography,” said Atkins. “Making them mandated reporters protects children and aids law enforcement in finding and stopping the predators who abuse them.” Under current law, commercial film and photographic print processors are required to be mandated reporters of…Continue reading...
Tuesday, February 07 2012
Statement Of Assemblymember Toni Atkins On Historic Ruling For Freedom And Justice
Federal Court Affirms Marriage Equality As A Constitutional Right (San Diego) Once again, those who oppose marriage equality have had their day in court and, once again, a court has affirmed that gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry are not second class citizens, but instead are entitled to share in the freedom and justice promised by the constitution to every American. While the opponents no doubt will continue their campaign of fear and…Continue reading...
Thursday, January 19 2012
Atkins Bill Will Deny Violent Abusers Spousal Support from Their Victims
(Sacramento) Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation to prevent abusive ex-spouses from forcing their victims to pay them spousal support and other financial compensation following a divorce. AB 1522 was inspired by the case of a San Diego area woman who was ordered by a court to pay her husband’s legal fees plus monthly spousal support, despite the fact that he was convicted of committing violent sex crimes against her and was ultimately…Continue reading...
Wednesday, January 18 2012
Assemblymember Toni Atkins Reacts To Governor Brown’s State Of The State Address
Governor Brown’s State of the State address struck an important balance between acknowledging the immediate challenges faced by our state while also maintaining a long term vision of California as a place of innovation and opportunity. As the Legislature analyzes the Governor’s proposed budget, we must take both a thoughtful and prudent approach. The state budget is not just about numbers; it directly affects the lives of real people. It is about putting Californians back…Continue reading...
Thursday, November 17 2011
Assemblymember Atkins Optimistic that Federal Courts will Recognize Marriage Equality Despite Today's Procedural Setback
Statement On Today's California Supreme Court Ruling In Marriage Equality Case (San Diego) The California Supreme Court ruled today that proponents of Proposition 8, which repealed marriage rights for same sex couples in California, have the legal right to defend the measure, which has been challenged on constitutional grounds in an ongoing federal case. "Today's ruling by the California Supreme Court gives initiative proponents the right to defend a measure in court when the State's…Continue reading...
Monday, October 10 2011
Governor Signs Atkins Measure to Prevent Transgender Discrimination
(San Diego) AB 887, a bill authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins to strengthen state anti-discrimination laws regarding gender identity and gender expression, was signed into law yesterday by Governor Jerry Brown. "As Californians, we are committed to equal treatment for all," says Atkins. "This new law makes it clear that transgender Californians are legally protected against discrimination in employment, housing, and other arenas and strengthens our commitment to fairness and equality. I am gratified that…Continue reading...
Sunday, October 09 2011
Atkins Disease Prevention Bill Signed Into Law
(San Diego) Assembly Bill 499 by State Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill closes a gap in the law to allow young people to seek preventive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) without an involved parent. Currently, minors have access to diagnosis and treatment services, but not preventive services such as vaccinations. "It doesn't make sense for our state's laws to provide youth with direct…Continue reading...
Wednesday, July 20 2011
The Road Home for Veterans
San Diego remains a military town, with more recently returned veterans living here than in any other city. Most veterans are successfully integrated back into civilian life and become our neighbors and co-workers. But for far too many, coming home means a sleeping bag and a shopping cart beneath an overpass or nights spent in a homeless shelter. Countywide, homelessness has increased almost 20 percent since 2008. Job loss and home foreclosure resulting from the…Continue reading...
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