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Today's Events: 02/23/2017

2017-18 Legislative Session

The next Senate Floor Session will convene Monday, February 27, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

Regular Session: 9:00 a.m.
BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW: 10 a.m. or upon adjournment of Session

Message from the Senate President pro Tempore

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Kevin de LeónThank you for visiting the California Senate’s website. An engaged citizenry is the bedrock of a thriving democracy. To facilitate that participation, we hope you’ll visit our new live-streaming option where for the first time you can view all regularly scheduled hearings within the Capitol from your own computer, tablet or smart phone. We recognize not everyone can get to Sacramento to participate in the legislative process, so we'll bring those hearings to you.

Kevin de León
Senate President pro Tempore

Photos of the Week

  • Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller participate in a Roundtable discussion with members of the Senate of Mexico

  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León greets the Mexico Senate delegation leader Marcela Guerra Castillo, President of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, North America

  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León honors the memory of former Senator Tom Hayden while his widow, Barbara Williams, and son Troy Garity, look on.

  • Senators Steve Glazer, Ben Allen, Bill Monning, Kevin de León, Hannah-Beth Jackson and Nancy Skinner present a memorial resolution to Senator Hayden's widow and eldest son.

  • Senator Tom Hayden served in the California Senate from 1992-2000.  He passed away on October 23, 2016 at 76 years of age.

  • Former Senator Diane Watson addresses the Senate during a special celebration in honor of Black History Month

  • Senator Steven Bradford with former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Jr. during the Black History Month ceremony.

  • Senator Holly Mitchell with former Senators Diane Watson and Barbara Lee

  • Senators Ben Allen and Henry Stern welcome student representatives from the YMCA's Youth in Government Program.

  • Senators Mitchell, Atkins, Mendoza, Jackson, de León, Fuller, Pan, Bradford, Skinner, Moorlach, Bates and Nguyen welcome Japanese Americans who were in internment camps during WWII

  • Senators Glazer, Wieckowski, Jackson, Monning, Leyva, Hill and Pan welcome Cal Poly San Luis Obispo President Jeffrey Armstrong, along with student leaders from the state University.

  • Senators Scott Wilk and Henry Stern

  • Senators Scott Wiener and Ben Hueso

  • Ronald Reagan, former California Governor and the 40th president of the United States, would have turned 106 on February 6, 2017.  A bronze likeness by sculptor Douglas Van Howd is located in the state Capitol's lower level.

  • Senators Joel Anderson, John Moorlach and Patrica Bates join Senator Toni Atkins in welcoming Sandy Schwartz, President of Cox Automotive, and Patrick Esser, President of Cox Communications to the Senate floor.

  • Senator Ricardo Lara presents a resolution to 13-year-old Jonas Corona who was selected to receive a Nickelodeon HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Award for his efforts to serve the homeless in his community

  • Senator Tony Mendoza introduced His Excellency Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco, along with other members of the Indian Community during a commemoration of India Republic Day on the Senate Floor.

  • Senator McGuire poses with Phoebe, K-9 companion to Warden Brian Boyd after presenting a resolution to Boyd and other individuals with the Marijuana Enforcement Team and K9 Unit of the Department of Fish and Wildife for their service to the North Coast. 

  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León meets with Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

  • The escort committee accompanies Governor Jerry Brown to the Assembly rostrum for the Governor's annual State of the State address.

  • Governor Jerry Brown delivers his 2017 State of the State address, flanked by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León

  • Senator Jim Nielsen in the Assembly chamber during a joint convention of the Legislature

  • Lucy Killea, a former military intelligence officer, aid to Eleanor Roosevelt, legislator and city councilmember died on January 17, 2017.  Senator Killea, who changed her party affiliation from Democrat to Independent, served the California Senate from 1989 - 1996.

  • Governor Jerry Brown introduces his nominee for California Attorney General, US Rep. Xavier Becerra.  If confirmed, Becerra will replace Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.

  • Senator Ben Hueso speaks in support of Attorney General nominee Rep. Xavier Becerra

  • The Senate Rules Committee voted 3-1 to recommend Becerra's confirmation.  His confirmation now goes before the full Senate for approval.

  • Senator John Moorlach presented a resolution in honor of Korean-American Day

  • Senator Steve Bradford speaks to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon adjourns the Senate in the memory of Ambassador Alejandra Garcia Williams. García Williams' husband, Remi Lacombe, and daughter, Anne-Sophie were in the Senate chamber for the memorial.

  • Senator Nancy Skinner adjourns the January 5, 2017 session in honor of the 36 victims of the "Ghost Ship" fire in Oakland, California.

  • Former Senator John Benoit died on December 26th, a day before his 65th birthday. Benoit served in the state Assembly  before serving in the California Senate in 2009.  After he left the Senate, Benoit served on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

  • Senator Jeff Stone adjourns the January 4, 2017 Senate session in the memory of former Senator John Benoit

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski, Ben Allen and Josh Newman

  • Senators Anthony Portantino and Scott Wiener

  • Senator Tony Mendoza introduces his son to newly elected Senators Bill Dodd and Henry Stern

  • Senators Patricia Bates and Bob Wieckowski

  • Senators Steve Bradford, Cathleen Galgiani and Toni Atkins

  • Senators Ed Hernandez, Mike McGuire and Bob Hertzberg share a laugh before the start of the 2017 Senate Session

  • Senator Connie Leyva adjourns the Senate in honor of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

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