SACRAMENTO – A new streamlined process for obtaining a court-ordered legal change in California for transgender people who wish to change their gender or name on their birth certificate, will begin today. The first part of Assembly Bill 1121, by Speaker Toni G. Atkins, which required the court to grant a name change petition without a hearing if there are no objections, was signed by the Governor last October.
“This bill created a new administrative option for transgender people seeking to amend the gender and/or name on a California birth certificate, eliminating the unnecessary interim step of getting a court order before the State Registrar can change a birth certificate,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “This part of the new law will also remove the expensive and burdensome newspaper publication requirement for transgender people seeking legal name changes and would provide that a name change that is uncontested must be granted without a hearing.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:
“The Supreme Court sacrificed justice and freedom today when it said that private business owners could impose their religious beliefs on their employees and deny women their constitutionally recognized right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Not only does this have serious implications for women's health, it also opens the door to employers who want to pick and choose how to treat their employees based upon religion. This is not the principle of religious freedom intended by those who founded our nation and it goes against American's belief in the right of everyone to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace. I am profoundly disturbed by today's ruling.”
SACRAMENTO – Children who have been sexually trafficked will gain access to more specialized services from county child welfare agencies, such as housing, healthcare, and mental health services under a provision of the 2014-2015 state budget.
“Too often, these children do not get the help they need,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “We have a responsibility to help these children overcome their traumatic experiences and move forward with their lives.”
SACRAMENTO—Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced increased funding in this year’s state budget for CalEPA grants that help environmental justice.
“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,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “With this budget, we have the chance to go even further in ensuring that California shines even brighter for everyone in the Golden State.”
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. yesterday signed Assembly Bill 2149 by Speaker Toni G. Atkins, which will exempt San Diego County from having to comply with standard contracting provisions and allow a competitive negotiated procurement process to contract for the Regional Communications System (RCS).
“Due to technology obsolescence and the need to support significant user growth, San Diego County must replace the RCS in the next few years,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “To ensure that the system can be selected that best meets the region’s diverse emergency communications requirements would be to procure the RCS contract through the solicitation of competitive proposals that would allow San Diego County to consider price, among other factors, in its selection.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the California State Auditor’s report on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence:
“We have to stop sexual violence and misconduct on our campuses. Victims must be treated with the dignity and consideration they deserve. No excuses. Because this is an issue I am deeply concerned about, I have been keenly awaiting the Auditor’s report, which gives important information to help make our colleges and universities safe spaces. I am committed to working with the UC Regents and the CSU Trustees so cases of sexual harassment and violence on college campuses are reviewed and resolved thoroughly and fairly and so students, faculty members, and staff know about the resources available to them. The State Auditor’s recommendations will be carefully considered during the Assembly’s the upcoming hearing on sexual assault on college campuses, and I am hopeful that discussion helps develop a roadmap for getting this done.”
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly held a ceremony sponsored by the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus honoring several leaders in the LGBT community.
“I am so proud to honor these activists, business leaders, legislators, and community advocates who have done so much to further the progress of LGBT rights in their local communities and the state of California,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “A lot of progress has been made to help right the wrongs that LGBT individuals have suffered but we must continue to defend the rights of everyone – gay, lesbian, straight or transgender – to ensure that no one is left without a voice.”
SACRAMENTO—In order to help ensure California’s veterans receive the support they deserve, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced that the 2014-2015 state budget will increase funding and outreach for veteran programs and services.
“The California Legislature showed that supporting veterans is a priority for the state,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Veterans benefit services are underutilized in California, and it’s important that we provide better outreach to connect veterans with the benefits they have earned.”
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.”
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SACRAMENTO – Taking steps to alleviate poverty for the most vulnerable Californians, Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced that the 2014-2015 budget will make investments in early education and child care programs, affordable housing, and provide better support for CalWORKs families.
“Everyone deserves our attention – everyone deserves a chance to build a better life,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “After years of recession and deep and painful cuts, for the first time in a decade we are able to once again make investments in our people. This budget takes crucial steps in order to end the cycle of poverty.”