San Francisco Chronicle
New bill would more thoroughly restrict ivory sales in California
Peter Fimrite
January 7, 2014

A bill that conservationists hope will prompt strict enforcement of a ban on the sale of ivory in California was introduced Wednesday in an attempt to halt the catastrophic decline of African elephants.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins proposed the bill in an attempt to close loopholes in existing law that have hampered efforts to stop importation of ivory obtained from poaching, particularly in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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U-T San Diego
Atkins takes aim at ivory trade
Chris Nichols
January 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins introduced a bill Wednesday that takes aim at what environmental advocates say is the illegal, and thriving, ivory trade in California.

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Los Angeles Times
Illegal ivory for sale in California has doubled in 8 years, study says
Julie Cart
January 12, 2015

A bill by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins seeks to bring state law in line with federal guidelines on ivory

An expert investigating illegal African ivory trafficking found that as much as 90% of the ivory he examined in Los Angeles markets and stores was illegal under state law. He found similar numbers in San Francisco and concluded that the proportion of illegal ivory for sale in California has doubled since his last study eight years ago.

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ABC 10 News
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins pushes bill to boost local fish markets
January 17, 2015

SAN DIEGO - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins plans to push legislation to help fish markets flourish across California.

Her “Pacific to Plate” bill would clarify and streamline state laws to make it easier for San Diego’s Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, and other fish markets grow and thrive.

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Los Angeles Times
New California Assembly privacy panel is 'the key committee to watch'
Marc Lifsher
January 18, 2015

Speaker Toni Atkins

SACRAMENTO — One of the Assembly's hottest tickets this legislative session may be a seat on the new Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.

Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) this month created the panel to deal with the growing threat to privacy from the use and abuse of the Internet and digital information about the health, finances, education and shopping habits of millions of Californians.

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U-T San Diego
Dockside fish market lands Capitol ally
'Pacific to Plate' bill would help market grow by easing state rules
Chris Nichols
January 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO — San Diego’s newest fish market has landed an ally at the state Capitol.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, has announced a bill dubbed “Pacific to Plate,” to make it easier for the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, and others like it, to operate and flourish.
  

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It could become easier to run fishermen's markets if state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego gets her way. She has introduced a "Pacific to Plate" bill to streamline the markets' permitting process.

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Atkins' swearing-in

California state Assemblywoman Toni G. Atkins (right), D-San Diego, is shown as she prepares to take the oath of office as the Assembly speaker, Dec. 1, 2014.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, began her first full term as speaker of the Legislature's lower chamber Monday following a unanimous vote by her colleagues.

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This year in California, "Snoopy" license plates were authorized to raise money for museums. About 4,800 people have ordered the new specialty plates with the cartoon character, but no one has received them.

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins wrote the bill that created the plate based on the Charles Schultz character.

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San Diego Democrat emphasizes civility, bipartisanship

Speaker Toni Atkins
Speaker Toni Atkins

SACRAMENTO — After being re-elected to the California Assembly’s top leadership post on Monday, Speaker Toni Atkins urged her fellow lawmakers to fight against university tuition hikes, help spur the economy and be mindful that “California has come back, but not all Californians have.”

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