(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.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:
“This bond meets critical need at the best cost in a way that voters will approve. It is good for the state as a whole and it is good for the state region by region. It took months of pushing and negotiating, working with the Governor and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, and with stakeholders from around the state. We were successful – and this bond will be successful – exactly because we did this painstaking work together.
(Sacramento) – Following a long meeting with Governor Jerry Brown, other legislative leaders and dozens of stakeholders, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement about the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:
"The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 is a bond that will meet the state's needs, fit the state's budget, and pass muster with the state's voters. Among the things funded in this comprehensive bond are storage, conservation, recycling, groundwater management, and habitat improvements—all aspects that will help ensure clean, safe and reliable drinking water, both in drought years and in normal years. This bond is the culmination of a lot of hard work and serious negotiation, including Assembly hearings that were held around the state to ensure that the concerns of every region were considered. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Assembly, the State Senate, and the Governor to put this responsible, affordable bond before the people of California."
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today took part in Operation Dress Code, a statewide clothing drive to collect professional clothing for women veterans.
“We owe a tremendous debt to everyone who wears the uniform – even after they’ve taken it off,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Many veterans, especially younger veterans and women veterans, continue to experience challenges finding jobs. It’s important to take every chance we can to help veterans cross the finish line from applicant to employee. By donating dresses, skirts, jackets, suits and shoes we can help women veterans transition from military uniforms to civilian careers.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the open letter released by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. laying out his proposal for a water bond:
“I appreciate the Governor’s commitment to solving California’s water crisis, which he has already demonstrated by signing the emergency drought legislation we passed earlier this year. While I believe the Governor is correct that voters would ultimately reject the existing $11.2 billion water bond on the November ballot as too expensive, I am also concerned that his $6 billion proposal would ultimately be too small to meet the state’s dire needs. I remain committed to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature on a bond that will meet the most need at the best cost and then pass muster with the voters of California.”
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