SACRAMENTO—Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 392 by Speaker Toni G. Atkins, making the San Diego River Conservancy a permanent entity. Previously, the conservancy had been scheduled to dissolve on January 1, 2020.
“Over the past 13 years, the San Diego River Conservancy has time and again established its value in the region,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It was created in 2002 and, since then, has overseen more than 100 acres of restoration along the river, construction and renovation of approximately 15 miles of public trails and acquisition of more than 200 acres of land from willing sellers. This bill extends the San Diego River Conservancy indefinitely, strengthening this resource for generations to come.”
SACRAMENTO – Communities that are heavily impacted by pollution will have a stronger voice on air-quality policy, thanks to Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ AB 1288, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today.
The legislation requires two additional members to be appointed to the California Air Resources Board, both representing environmental justice communities, with one chosen by the Speaker of the Assembly and one chosen by the Senate Committee on Rules. This would expand the board to 14 members.
SACRAMENTO—The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) will be required to take specific steps toward helping communities in need of environmental justice, under Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins’ AB 1071, which was signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown today.
“Environmental pollution affects many rural and urban communities across California,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “In order to address the negative environmental and public-health impacts, these communities need resources. AB 1071 requires CalEPA to establish Supplemental Environmental Projects specifically for disadvantaged communities.”
(Los Angeles) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Jerry Brown and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León for a signing ceremony for Senate Bill 350 – the landmark climate and clean energy legislation – at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.Speaker Atkins praised the forward thinking legislation that will increase California’s renewable energy portfolio and doubles the state’s energy efficiency targets for existing buildings. “With SB 350 California is leading by example,” she said. “It sets the course for our state, for the nation and for the world.” Here’s more from Assembly Speaker Atkins in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today issued the following statement on ABX2-15, the End of Life Option Act, authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton):
“This was clearly one of the most watched and debated issues we faced this session. It is also one of the most emotional, with legislators bringing their own experiences into the discussion. I have experienced end-of-life issues in my own family, and I supported the bill because I believe it respects patients’ rights and gives them choice they deserve—and it includes protections to prevent abuse.
“Governor Brown did the right thing in signing this legislation, and he was strong in outlining his reasons. I want to thank him and my colleagues for addressing this important issue in such a thoughtful way.”
SACRAMENTO—Legislation by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins that strengthens California’s fight against the illegal slaughter of elephants and rhinos was signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown. AB 96 closes loopholes that prevent fully effective enforcement of existing California law prohibiting the sale of ivory.
SACRAMENTO - Statewide efforts to end the cycle of incarceration got a boost
today when Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins' AB 1056, the Second
Chance Program for Community Re-entry.
SACRAMENTO —Victims of domestic violence will soon be able to gain full control of the wireless telephone accounts they share with their abusers. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1407 by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, which allows telephone service providers to transfer conjoined accounts or family plans away from those who commit domestic violence.
Current law provides no mechanism for victims of domestic violence to alter a shared wireless telephone contract when the abuser or the other party is the primary accountholder. This is especially critical as advances in wireless technology now allow abusers to monitor their victims’ call records, sensitive financial information stored in applications, and even physical whereabouts based on GPS location software.
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.
(Sacramento) – As the confetti rained down and a huge crowd cheered, the three men from Sacramento who stopped an attack on a train in France last month were stars of a parade that concluded with a massive rally on the steps of the State Capitol. State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) praised the childhood friends - U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler – for their bravery and courage as she and Sacramento area legislators handed them official state resolutions. “We are so proud. And, we are so humbled to be in your presence today,” said Speaker Atkins. Here’s more from the Hometown Heroes Parade in this Assembly Access video.