Releases & Statements

Statement from Speaker Atkins on State of the State Address

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(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State address:

“Clearly the state of the state is better than it has been in years. And, as I’ve said, that’s thanks to voters and to the partnership between the Governor and Legislative Democrats. What we heard in the Governor’s State of the State address this morning is that there is plenty of room for that partnership to keep right on delivering for the people of California.

“Assembly Democrats, who led the effort to create the state’s Rainy Day Fund, support the Governor’s call for responsible budgeting, and the Governor has shown his willingness to make meaningful budget improvements, like adding the state EITC to last year’s budget.

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Speaker Atkins, Speaker-Elect Rendon & Other Members Address Potential Gun Violence Legislation

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SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) have released the following statement regarding the potential for gun violence bills to come before the Legislature this session:

“There has been much discussion about what the California Legislature will do on the issue of gun violence. The Assembly will be working with our colleagues in the State Senate to advance legislation that prevents gun violence and keeps our communities safe, while balancing Second Amendment rights. The recent Field Poll showed broad bipartisan support in California for common sense measures to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been shattered by gun violence for us not to act. When so many have fallen, the responsibility is on us to stand up and do what’s right.”

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Anthony Rendon Elected State Assembly Speaker

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Rendon to Assume Office on March 7

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today was elected the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly.

“I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me and for this immense privilege to serve,” Rendon said. “We as policymakers have a great deal of work ahead of us to meet the challenges Californians demand we address.”

Rendon will assume the office of Speaker on March 7.

“With the annual budget process underway, my immediate priority is working with my colleagues to negotiate a budget that represents the values of the people of California,” Rendon said. “Moving forward, the Assembly has a tremendous opportunity to address not only short-term goals but also the lingering long-term issues facing our state.”

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Statement on Speakership Election

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SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the election of Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) as the next Speaker of the state Assembly:

“From working together on the water bond and other vital issues, to helping represent California at the recent COP 21 Climate Change conference in Paris, I have seen up close, and time and again, what a thoughtful and effective leader Anthony Rendon is. I’m delighted the Assembly has made the excellent decision today to ratify Assembly Democrats’ choice of Mr. Rendon to serve as the next Speaker. Over the next two months we will continue the smooth transition process that we began last September. I know Speaker Rendon will move assertively right out of the gate, and will lead the Assembly through a successful and meaningful 2016 session.”

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker
Website of Assembly Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon: www.asmdc.org/rendon

Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Statement on Governor’s Budget Proposal

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SACRAMENTO— Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s budget proposal:

“California’s budget today is balanced, and it’s in the best position in decades to withstand a future economic downturn. That’s an important reminder of the phenomenal job legislative Democrats, the Governor, and the voters have done in turning the state’s finances around.

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Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ Statement on Assemblymember Perea’s Resignation Announcement

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) impending resignation:

“Assemblymember Perea has been a forceful advocate for his district and the people of the Central Valley. While my colleagues and I in the Assembly will miss his intelligence and good humor, we are delighted he is pursuing a role where he can still have a voice in helping shape public policy.”

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

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Veteran Driver’s License and Identification Cards to be Made Available for California Military Service Members

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Sacramento, CA –Assembly Bill 935 (2014) by Assemblymember Frazier takes effect Nov. 12, and will allow United States military service members to apply for a California driver’s license or identification card with a “Veteran” designation.

“With the growing population of veterans returning to California, it is our responsibility to help make sure they are well-equipped to integrate back into civilian life,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Assembly Bill 935 helps us fulfill that pledge to our veterans. Proof of military service is now literally at the individual’s fingertips, which will help ensure that California veterans are receiving all the benefits and services they’re rightfully entitled to.”

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Statement from Speaker Atkins on Air Force Contract Award

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SAN DIEGO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today released the following statement regarding the Air Force’s announcement on long-range strike bomber award contracts:

“This announcement means thousands of jobs will be coming to California, and that’s great news. When the Legislature created the tax credits to help Northrup Grumman and the team of Lockheed Martin and Boeing compete for the Department of Defense’s long-range bomber project, this is exactly the outcome we wanted to see. This also shows our approach to use targeted tax credits tied to actual job creation is a better model than Texas-style corporate giveaways. Both bidders, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin / Boeing, made strong proposals, but the real winner is California’s workforce.”

CONTACT:  John Casey (916) 319-2408

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

Speaker Atkins’ Statement on UC Increasing Enrollment for 5,000 California Students

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today released the following statement regarding UC President Janet Napolitano’s announcement that she is preparing a plan to have UC increase its enrollment of California students:

“It appears the University of California is moving in the right direction to enroll more California students—and that’s great news. When the Assembly conducted our in-depth review of the University of California this year, it was clear that the university can and should do a better job fulfilling its mission to educate California students. That’s why we included an additional $25 million for UC if it enrolls 5,000 more Californians. President Napolitano’s comments suggest UC has accepted this challenge. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, and the members of the subcommittee deserve California’s thanks for highlighting this issue and bringing us to this point.”

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Speaker Atkins Credits Assembly Members, Governor, With Compromise to Create Historic Medical Marijuana Legislation

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SAN DIEGO—(San Diego, CA) -- Today, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) credited Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) for negotiating legislation with Governor Brown and bringing the state to the verge of finally having medical marijuana regulations in place. Bonta and Wood, two of the lead authors of the legislation, joined Atkins, along with a strong coalition of supporters from law enforcement, local government, patient advocacy groups, labor, and the medical marijuana industry, at a morning news conference at the Hall of Justice during the countdown to final action on the bills by the Governor.

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