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Today's Events: 07/02/2016

2015-16 Legislative Session

The Next Senate Floor Session will convene Monday, August 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

First Extraordinary: Upon Call of the President pro Tempore.

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

  • On the 8th day of his pushup challenge to bring awareness to veteran suicides, Senator Steve Glazer is joined by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Sacramento Police Officer and Veteran, Michelle Lazark.

  • Senators Steve Glazer, Mark Leno, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Jerry Hill, Anthony Cannella, Ben Hueso and Ted Gaines participate in the 22 push-up challenge to promote awareness of the high rate of American veterans' suicides.


  • Senator Richard Pan congratulates the four California Senate Staff Alumni Association college scholarship winners for 2016.  From left: Julian Matocq, Harper Campbell Salley-Gray, Senator Pan, Carla Isabel Raygoza and Kyle Reagan Maw.

  • Senator Jim Beall congratulates the San Jose Sharks for their 25th season and for winning the 2015-2016 Western Conference Championship. 

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski, Bob Huff, Carol Liu, Fran Pavley, Richard Pan and Ted Gaines welcome a delegation of members of the Committee on Cultural Affairs of the National Parliament of Denmark

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses a joint convention of the California Legislature on Monday, June 20, 2016.

  • The Dalai Lama is escorted into the Assembly Chamber by an escort committee which includes Senators Jean Fuller and Janet Nguyen.

  • Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblywoman Marie Waldron greet the Dalai Lama as he is escorted through the Assembly chamber.

  • Senator John Moorlach greets the Dalai Lama in the Senate chamber

  • The Dalai Lama shares a meal and a blessing with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León

  • The Dalai Lama is greeted by Senator Janet Nguyen upon his arrival to the Stanford Mansion in Sacramento.

  • President pro Tem of the Senate Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama into the California state Capitol.

  • The Dalai Lama waves to supporters gathered outside the Capitol

  • Senators Connie Leyva and Mike Morrell present a resolution to the California Department of Public Health's San Bernardino Response Team who provided emergency assistance after the Inland Regional Center shooting in December, 2015. 

  • Senator Tony Mendoza introduces and congratulates high school students participating in the Young Senators Leadership Program for 2016.

  • Senator Steven Glazer welcomes AMVETS Legislative Committee Chair, Lorraine Plass

  • Senators Mark Leno, Bill Monning, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Richard Pan, Cathleen Galgiani, Bob Huff, Tom Berryhill and John Moorlach welcome visitors from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and the Japan Business Association of Southern California.

  • Senators bow their heads during a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

  • The Rainbow flag flies next to the California Bear Flag in a show of support and solidarity with the LGBT community.

  • Senator Bill Monning adjourned the Session in the memory of Helen Chavez, wife of labor leader Cesar Chavez. 

  • Senator Hernandez welcomes members of the CSMR for California State Military Reserve Capitol Day.  From Left: Colonel Darrin Bender, Colonel Mirtha Villarreal-Younger, Brigadier General Frank Emanuel, Senator Ed Hernandez, Sergeant Major Daniel DeGeorge, Major Bonnie Davis-Grunseth, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ralph Cansimbe.

  • Senator Richard Pan congratulates students from Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School (Sacramento) who placed first and second in the 2016 Science Olympiad National Tournament.

  • Senator Nielsen presents a resolution to members of the California State Park Rangers Association in honor of their 150th anniversary.

  • Senator Mendoza welcomed the Honorable Nuno Mathias, Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco, along with members of the American-Portuguese community in recognition of Portugal Day in California.

  • Senators Richard Pan and Tony Mendoza welcomed members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to the Senate floor.

  • Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller is joined by Senators Andy Vidak, Connie Leyva, Patrica Bates and Jim Nielsen in welcoming Miss Orange Coast, Izamar Olaguez to the Senate floor.

  • Senator Tony Mendoza presented a resolution in support of the 150th Anniversary of the ‪Buffalo Soldiers‬ and their service to our country.

  • Members of the California Senate wear red glasses in a show of support for the California State University system.

  • Senators Marty Block, Steve Glazer, Richard Pan and Bill Monning don red glasses to "focus on the student" in support of the California State University system.

  • Senators Ricardo Lara and Fran Pavley at their desks

  • Senator Marty Block welcomed California State University mascots to the Senate floor.

  • Workers put finishing touches on a pair of monolithic pillars that have been returned to the Capitol grounds.  Five of these pillars stood in Capitol Park from 1889 to 1952, but were removed as part of a major modification and modernization of the grounds. 

  • In 2016, a pair of the original monolithic pillars were acquired from the grounds of a Sacramento-area church property and re-installed on the west steps of the Capitol.

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