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Today's Events: 03/24/2018

2017-18 Legislative Session

The next Senate Floor Session will convene on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Message from the Senate President pro Tempore

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Toni G. AtkinsWelcome to the website of the California Senate. Here, you can find everything you need to stay informed and engaged in the legislation being considered in our house – legislative calendars, details on policy committees, helpful resources, live-streamed and archived videos, information on each of the Senators who represent the state’s 40 districts and how to contact us, and more. Thank you for participating and helping us improve California for everyone who lives here.

Toni G. Atkins
Senate President pro Tempore


Photos of the Week

  • The Legislative Women's Caucus placed a garland wreath around the California bear in front of the Governor's office to honor the work and life of Nancy McFadden. "The legacy she leaves behind will be cemented in every corner of our state. In her, the modern women’s movement had an ideal role model – simply put, she was a real-life wonder woman.” - Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins

  • The flags at the Capitol fly at half-mast today in honor of long-time public servant, Nancy McFadden. McFadden served as chief of staff and most trusted advisor to Governor Jerry Brown from 2011 until 2018. 

  • The Capitol Rotunda is adorned with the American, California and Pride flag in advance of a reception honoring newly elected Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins. 

  • Senator Toni Atkins and her wife, Jennifer LeSar are escorted through the chamber in advance of Atkins' swearing-in as the first woman President pro Tempore of the Califiornia Senate.

  • Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administers the Oath of Office to Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins.  Senator Atkins is the 48th pro Tem of the Senate, and the first woman ever elected to this position in California.

  • Friends, family and colleagues from both sides of the aisle and both houses of the Legislature gather on the Senate floor to celebrate Senator Atkins.

  • Senator Ted Gaines recognizes representatives of the Lincoln Youth Football Cheerleading Team for their success at the National Championship Tournament.

  • Senator Ben Allen introduces representatives of the Transportation Communications Union

  • Senator Ricardo Lara is joined by colleagues Senators Mitchell, Wieckowski, Hueso, Stern, Hertzberg, de Leon and Jackson in welcoming individuals who participated in the 1968 Chicano Student Walkouts

  • Senator Jean Fuller is joined by Senators Pan, Roth, Leyva, Hill, Allen, Stern, Wilk, Atkins, Wieckowski and Newman in welcoming Carol Ford and Christopher Bollinger, representatives of the Aviation and Aerospace industries, acknowledging this year's California Aerospace and Aviation Days.

  • Senator Bill Dodd adjourns the Senate in the memory of the three Pathway Home employees killed in Yountville earlier this month.

  • Senators Connie Leyva and Joel Anderson welcome former President and CEO of Poway Chamber of Commerce to the Senate chamber

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski, Jerry Hill, Jim Beall and Bill Dodd welcome representatives of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District

  • Hail in Sacramento blankets the Capitol grounds

  • The South side of the Capitol

  • Senator Josh Newman introduces representatives from the Orange County Water District and the Orange County Sanitation District in recognition of the 10th anniversary of their Groundwater Replenishment System.

  • In recognition of Canada Day, Senator Toni Atkins welcomes the Honorable James Villeneuve, Consul General of Canada, Los Angeles; Sergeant Major Doug Spencer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police; the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada; and the Honorable Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada, San Francisco. 

  • In recognition of Engineers' Week (February 18-24), Senator Cannella welcomes a group of engineers to the Senate chamber.

  • Senators Ted Gaines and Cathleen Galgiani meet with representatives from California Future Farmers of America. California FFA is a high school youth leadership and career development organization that currently serves over 80,000 student members in over 320 high schools.

  • Senator Anthony Portantino welcomes Caltech Scientists Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, who were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. 

  • The Cal Fire Local 2881 Honor Guard enters the Senate Chamber to post the colors before a ceremony honoring NorCal Heroes Day/Day of Remembrance for victims and responders of the Northern California wildfires.

  • Senators Bill Dodd, Mike McGuire, Jim Nielsen and Ted Gaines 

  • CSU San Luis Obispo President Jeffrey Armstrong and Cal Poly student leaders are introduced on the Senate floor by Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning. 

  • Senator Nancy Skinner presents a resolution to representatives of McClymonds High School football team for winning the 2017 CIF Division 5-AA state football championship title.  From left to right: Harold Pearson, Charles Alberty, Senator Skinner, Albert Mitchell,  Alfonso Powell, Michael Peters, Head Coach of the McClymonds Football Team

  • Senator Ted Gaines presents a resolution to Coach Kris Richardson and Folsom High School Bulldogs' team members for winning the 2017 CIF Division 1-AA state football championship title.  This is the third state championship since 2010 for the Bulldogs.  

  • California's state Capitol in February

  • In celebration of Black History Month, Senator Holly Mitchell sponsored the art installation of the Black Quilters Exhibit in the Capitol annex adjacent to Governor Jerry Brown's office. Each quilt represents moments and imagery paying homage to the legacy of the Black experience and expression.

  • Senators Richard Pan, Holly Mitchell, Steven Bradford, Nancy Skinner and Jim Nielsen recognize several women whose quilts are on display as part of the Black Quilter's Exhibit.

  • Senator Richard Pan recognizes Phi Vong for 37 years as an employee of Frank Fat's restaurant, and for his service to the community.

  • Senator Jim Nielsen presents a resolution to Sara Lobdell for her bravery and quick thinking during a Rancho Tehama Elementary School shooting incident in November, 2017. 

  • Singer/Songwriter Joan Baez joins California legislators at the capitol on Monday, Jan. 29, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Los Gatos Canyon plane crash that killed 32 people, including 28 Mexican nationals whose names were unreported.

  • Senators Bill Monning and Ben Hueso present a resolution to author Timothy Hernandez for "his tireless efforts to honor the plane crash victims by naming them, respectfully memorializing them and forever restoring their dignity."  Mr. Hernandez' son, Salvador and members of the plane crash families are also shown. 

  • Ms. Baez performs Woody Gutherie's song "Deportee" for the the family members of those killed in the 1948 plane crash at Los Gatos Canyon near Coalinga.The Mexican passengers, who were being flown from Oakland to El Centro for deportation, died along with three crew members and an immigration official. The Mexicans were buried in a mass grave at Holy Cross Cemetery in west central Fresno with no headstone or marking.

  • Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates and Senator Jeff Stone

  • Senator Toni Atkins

  • Senators Ben Hueso and Bill Monning

  • Senator Connie Leyva adjourns the January 29, 2018 session in memory of Naomi Parker Fraley who was the inspiration for artist J Howard Miller's depiction of "Rosie the Riveter"

  • Senators Ted Gaines and Anthony Cannella

  • Senator Nancy Skinner

  • Senators Mike Morrell and Scott Wilk

  • Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Jerry Hill

  • Senators John Moorlach and Josh Newman

  • Senator Steve Glazer's "California Bear Flag" socks 

  • Senators Mike McGuire and Joel Anderson

  • Governor Jerry Brown's escort committee gather in the rear of the Assembly chamber just before his State of the State speech.

  • Flanked by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Governor Brown delivers his 16th and final State of the State Address to the Joint Legislative Session.

  • Senator Jerry Hill presents a bill during a late night legislative session

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