Releases & Statements

Speaker Toni G. Atkins Statement on Budget Signing

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SAN DIEGO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement after the signing ceremony for the 2014-2015 state budget in San Diego:

“For the first time in almost a decade we have a budget that actually includes investments that will make a lot of people’s lives brighter. With this budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, we have the chance to put the Great Recession even further behind us. We have the chance to go even further in restoring California as the place that provides our kids with the best education and good jobs. And we have the chance to go even further in ensuring that the California Dream shines even brighter for everyone in the Golden State.”

CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Speaker Toni G. Atkins' Statement on Passing On-Time, Balanced California Budget

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“The budget we passed today is balanced and on time, but most important, it makes investments that make people’s lives better. That means more support for students in our classrooms. That means more children will be able to escape poverty. That means more students will be able to afford college. That means more workers will have jobs building housing that families can afford to live in. That means more veterans will get help accessing the benefits and services they earned. And that means more working families will be able to find the child care that helps them keep their jobs.

“The budget also plans for the future and prepares for emergencies by responsibly paying down debt and building up reserves. No budget is perfect, and no side got everything they wanted. But with the investments we made and the restraint we showed, this budget absolutely keeps faith with the vital priorities of ensuring stability and expanding opportunity.”

--Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly

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Speaker Atkins Announces Assemblymembers to Serve on Budget Conference Committee

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today the Assemblymembers who will serve on the Budget Conference Committee, which consists of four Assemblymembers and four Senators to reconcile differences over the budget between the two houses of the Legislature.

The Assemblymembers who will serve on the Committee are Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who will serve as chair of the Committee, Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), and Shirley Weber (D-San Diego).

CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner, Das Williams Author Legislation in Wake of the Santa Barbara Shooting

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(Sacramento) - California State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has introduced  legislation (Assembly Bill 1014) to help prevent mass killings like the tragic Isla Vista rampage near UC Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of six students. The proposed legislation would create a gun violence restraining order, establishing a system where concerned family members, intimate partners or friends can notify law enforcement of someone who is demonstrating a propensity to commit violence toward themselves or others. NBC Nightly News correspondant Mike Taibbi takes a look at the legislation. You can watch his report in this Assembly Assets video.    http://www.asmdc.org/skinner

(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) have announced legislation to help prevent mass killings like the tragic Isla Vista rampage near UC Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of six students. The proposed legislation would create a gun violence restraining order, establishing a system where concerned family members, intimate partners or friends can notify law enforcement of someone who is demonstrating a propensity to commit violence toward themselves or others. “The tragic incident in my hometown of Isla Vista is not a result of gun laws failing. Rather, it is a horrific example of how our mental health laws and gun control laws are not working together,” said Assemblyman Williams. Assemblyman Williams talked about the legislation on the CNN program Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield. Watch the interview in this Assembly Assets video.   www.asmdc.org/Williams

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Statement on LAO Forecast

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the Legislative Analyst’s Office revenue forecast:

“The LAO forecast is one more piece of the puzzle as we work to craft a budget that strengthens fiscal stability and expands opportunity by making smart investments. The Assembly Budget Subcommittees will hold their final hearings next week and the LAO forecast will certainly be considered in those hearings.”

CONTACT:  Will Shuck (916) 319-2408

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Legislature Unanimously Passes Rainy Day Fund

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SACRAMENTO - The Legislature today unanimously passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (Second Extraordinary Session), which replaces the current Rainy Day Fund on the November 2014 ballot. The measure reflects the bipartisan agreement reached by Governor Brown and Legislative Leaders last week.

"A real Rainy Day Fund to end the cycle of boom and bust has been one of the cornerstones of the Assembly's efforts to ensure California's fiscal stability," said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). "The unanimous vote for our Rainy Day Fund shows just how solid our plan is and I thank Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez for his leadership in making the Rainy Day Fund a reality."

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Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner Statement on May Revise

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Brown's May Budget Revise:

“With State revenue forecasted to be $2 billion above January projections, the Governor’s May Revise demonstrates once again California’s economic recovery is continuing. The Governor’s proposal has increased funding to our K-12 schools and courts, as well as paying down debt and building reserves.

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Statement on May Revise

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SACRAMENTO - Speaker Toni G. Atkins released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.'s May Budget Revise:

"The Governor's revised budget provides a solid starting point for the final phase of our deliberations. I am particularly pleased the Governor has built upon the framework Assembly Democrats proposed for a STRS solution earlier this year. That, and the Rainy Day Fund we are poised to pass this week, are two great steps forward to ensure California's economic stability. As we finalize the budget over the next few weeks, we will also look to expand opportunity by combatting child poverty, improving access to higher education, increasing funding for transportation projects, and taking strides to expand affordable housing. Based on the Governor's May revision and the more than 50 hearings the Assembly has already held, I am confident we are on track for another on-time, balanced budget – one that will help solidify the state's fiscal position for years to come."

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Announces Leadership Team

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced her leadership team Monday, shortly after taking the oath of office during an afternoon session of the State Assembly.

The Assembly Democratic leadership appointments:

Speaker pro Tempore Assemblymember Nora Campos
Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
Majority Floor Leader Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez
Assistant Majority Floor Leader Assemblymember Christopher Holden
Majority Whip Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
Assistant Majority Whip Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh
Assistant Majority Whip Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
Democratic Caucus Chair Assemblymember Philip Ting

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins Inaugurated in Capitol

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First San Diegan to Lead Assembly

SACRAMENTO—In a ceremony in the Assembly Chambers today Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins of San Diego took the oath of  office to become the 69th Speaker of the California Assembly.  On hand for the ceremony were Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and the state’s constitutional officers, members of the State Senate, and Consuls General representing California’s economic and cultural partners from around the world. Former Assembly Speakers were also present, including Rep. Karen Bass, who administered the Oath of Office to Speaker Atkins.

“We are all here to do the people’s business,” Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego) said. “We must work to ensure stability, and that includes an adequate reserve for those rainy days when the economy again takes a downward dive.  And at the same time we must expand opportunity and lift up the most vulnerable who have suffered a great deal and need us not to forget them now.” 

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