SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the end of the 2013-14 Legislative Session:
“I want to thank the members of the Assembly for their hard work and their commitment to the people they represent. The water bond and a groundwater management plan, a fourth on time budget that ensures stability and expands opportunity, a fix to the longtime underfunding of STRS and a real Rainy Day Fund that will help end the cycles of boom and bust are among the chief successes we can be proud of this year. Add to that passing bills to help our film and aerospace industries compete, to protect consumers in the sharing economy, to make it safer for Californians living in residential care facilities and to remove one-use plastic bags from our environment, and it’s clear we have had an enormously productive year that has the potential to shape California far into the future.”
SACRAMENTO – Harnessing private investment and government coordination, Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ bill aiming to expand the use of social innovation financing to address significant social issues is now headed to the Governor.
“In times of economic uncertainty, ongoing budget liabilities, and volatile revenue streams, one of the biggest challenges government encounters is finding upfront resources to invest in innovation,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This bill should support local governments already entering into these partnerships, and allow us to take advantage of future federal funding opportunities.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ bill that would stimulate local economies, redevelop deteriorating structures, and promote affordable housing now awaits the Governor’s go-ahead.
“California is one of the few states to not provide an incentive for the preservation of our historic buildings,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “A state tax credit for this purpose would help stimulate local economies, revitalize downtown areas and communities, promote and increase the supply of affordable housing, encourage property maintenance and rehabilitation, and leverage use of the federal rehabilitation tax credit. AB 1999 helps communities adjust to the phase-out of redevelopment dollars and stimulates public and private investment, all while building civic pride as we celebrate our heritage and preserve California's past.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders to announce a historic deal to extend and improve California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program, making it the second largest tax credit program in the nation.
“Not only does extending the Film Tax Credit keep cameras rolling in California, it will keep costumers designing, craft services catering, and carpenters hammering,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It’s just common sense—when California hosts more production, we get more jobs and more revenue—two things our state can always use. I’d like to thank the co-stars of this effort, Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra and Mike Gatto, President pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leon—and, of course, Governor Brown for ensuring the final scene is a good one.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) convened a special joint session of the California State Legislature to hear an address from Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto. In her introduction, Speaker Atkins, who represents the San Diego region, pledged to continue to work with Mexico on a wide range of shared concerns, including economic and environmental issues. Here’s more from Speaker Atkins in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – In response to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving to California from Central America, new legislation would ensure these children are able to receive appropriate legal representation for their immigration hearings.
Responses from Assemblymembers to the new legislation include:
“With these bills we’re making it clear California wants unaccompanied immigrant children treated as children. We want their well-being ensured, their best interests pursued, and their safety protected. While no longer in the headlines, the humanitarian crisis that has brought so many children to our country continues. While the root causes of this crisis are being addressed, these victimized children deserve to be treated with kindness and justice.” – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego)
(Sacramento) – Speaker of the Assembly Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and several members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus took a time out from their softball practice to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, drenching themselves with ice filled buckets of water. Speaker Atkins accepted the challenge from Assemblymember Cheryl Brown and made a $100 donation to ALS research. Speaker Atkins is now challenging the Assembly Republican Caucus to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch the Speaker and Assembly Democrats take the Ice Bucket Challenge in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
Below is a link to audio of Speaker Atkins and the Assembly Dems:
SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would require all residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) to carry liability insurance has been signed into law by Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
"Liability insurance is a consumer protection that all residents and families of residents in assisted living deserve," said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). "Numerous facilities continue to operate on a daily basis without this necessary protection…exposing both them and their residents to great financial risk. This problem could easily be remedied if the facility is just properly insured."
The State Legislature has voted to place a new water bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The $ 7.5 billion water bond will provide the state with clean, safe, reliable water at an affordable cost.
The bond is a comprehensive plan to fund badly needed improvements to the state's water system. It includes funding for water recycling, infrastructure, surface and groundwater storage, and conservation.
(Sacramento) - After months of wrangling and concentrated last minute negotiations, the California State Legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed “The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.” Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) is proud of the all of the hard work that went into the crafting of this crucial $7.545 billion water bond, that makes necessary improvements to every aspect of California’s antiquated water system, while addressing the very urgent matter of the drought.
“In this bond we make the biggest investment in water storage in decades,” said Speaker Atkins. “We make a major investment in ensuring clean, sustainable groundwater, and we make a major investment in our rivers, streams, and watersheds that will help with our water needs, and provide important environmental benefits as well. With this bond we harness innovative technology, we anticipate the challenges that future droughts may pose, and we create jobs.”
The final fate of the water bond now rests in the hands of California’s voters, who will decide its outcome in the November 2014 election. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.