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Representing the 78th District
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State Budget is Responsible Blueprint for Strengthening California and Its People
Statement of Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins on Adoption of State Budge
(Sacramento) The State Legislature today adopted a balanced, on-time state budget for the coming fiscal year. The Legislature’s budget will next be reviewed by Governor Brown by the June 30th constitutional deadline for the new fiscal year that begins July 1st.
Assemblymember Toni Atkins Invites you to a Community Coffee
Saturday May, 25
10 to 11:30 a.m.
667 San Rodolfo Dr.
1 to 2:30 p.m.
1307 Stratford Court
Drop by to say hello and discuss state and legislative issues.
Refreshments will be served. Call 619-645-3090 for additional information.
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins made the following statement on today’s release of Governor Jerry Brown’s “May Revise,” a revised budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 which reflects recent economic factors:
“I applaud Governor Brown’s cautious and balanced approach to state finances which prioritizes our investment in the future through education and healthcare. This approach keeps our promise to help those with the greatest need, while also maintaining our focus on steps that will pay off in terms of prosperity for many generations to come. It is also consistent with the principles outlined in the Assembly Democratic Caucus’ Blueprint for a Responsible Budget, released last week – fiscal responsibility, strengthening the middle class, and delivering effective, efficient services for Californians.
The Governor and the Legislature have worked together over the past few years to achieve today’s balanced and stable budget. We have done this through tough and painful cuts that reduced safety net services. The voters’ approval of the temporary taxes in Proposition 30 has also relieved the strain on state coffers as we slowly recover from the Great Recession. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues to review the details of the Governor’s proposal as we move toward adoption of a balanced, on-time budget by June 15.”
Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins receives the Cornucopia Award from California Women in Agriculture for promoting dialogue between urban areas and agriculture.
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego was honored today with the Cornucopia Award from California Women in Agriculture, http://www.cawomen4ag.com/ . The award is given annually to an urban legislator who has demonstrated a willingness to enter into dialogue with agriculture.
“While San Diego is well known as the second largest city in California, what is less well known is that agriculture is a key economic engine for San Diego County,” says Atkins. “I am proud to receive this award and to play a role in enhancing the partnership between urban and rural California, especially by supporting the role of women in agriculture.”
(Sacramento) – The federal sequester and how it may affect military bases in and around San Diego was one of many topics discussed with California State Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) during an interview Charter Communication’s, “California Edition.” Assemblymember Atkins talked about her determination to protect veterans and military families, as well as some of her recent legislation. Hear more in this Assembly Assets Video.
Sacramento - Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) was the guest recently on the Time Warner Cable program Local Edition. Host Steve Swatt asked the Majority Floor Leader about the state’s improving state budget situation and veteran’s issues.
(San Diego) – Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), the Leadership Team and collaborative partners of the Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego successfully housed one hundred homeless persons from the streets of Downtown San Diego in time for the winter holidays. Eighty-six (86) of these formerly homeless persons were enrolled and housed in just three days. This effort, known as the Campaign’s “Blitz Week”, institutionalized unprecedented coordination between federal, county, and city partners to leverage resources. Assemblymember Atkins says, “It’s that collaboration that has made us really successful.” Here’s more about Blitz Week in this Assembly Assets video.
Homelessness, Coastal Protection, Historic Preservation Reflect Priorities
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins was appointed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez to serve in three key positions on behalf of the State Assembly. The Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness, which Atkins has chaired for the past two years, was renewed for the current two-year legislative session, with Atkins continuing to serve as its chair. Atkins will also represent the Assembly on the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), a position she held during the 2010-2012 legislative session. The OPC is a state body that focuses on protecting California's ocean and coastal ecosystems. Atkins was also appointed as one of two Assembly representatives on the California Historic and Cultural Endowment, a program of the California State Library that provides grants to preserve historic artifacts that are important to our state's cultural legacy.
(Sacramento) – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Tony Atkins (D-San Diego), Majority Leader of the Assembly, discusses the 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling ensuring the right of every woman to have control over her own body. Ms. Atkins also discusses her legislation to expand the number of qualified and trained medical professionals who can provide reproductive care, including, abortion services, in California.
A full transcript is below.
(San Diego) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins today introduced legislation to protect the tax exemption of Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) thrift stores on military bases. AB 163 extends the exemption on sales and use tax for these stores, which are volunteer-operated establishments offering gently-used donated items to military base communities. Their proceeds support financial literacy programs and emergency financial assistance for active and retired members of the Navy and Marines.
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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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