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Today's Events: 06/23/2018

2017-18 Legislative Session

The next Senate Floor Session will convene on Monday, June 25, 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

  • Senator Bob Hertzberg meets with 4th graders from Oakwood Elementary School who are in Sacramento to learn more about the legislative process.

  • Senators Bill Monning, Bob Wieckowski, Holly Mitchell and Henry Stern join Senator Jim Beall in presenting a resolution to Eritrean-American Community members in recognition of Eritrean Indepdendence Day. 

  • Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates offers a "birthday" greeting to Senator Tom Berryhill on the 17th anniversary of his heart transplant.

  • Senator Ben Allen presents resolutions to three UCLA teams: Women's Beach Volleyball, Men's Water Polo and Women's Gymnastics for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship.

  • Senator Joel Anderson presents a resolution to sixth grade student Ashlyn Castro on her promotion to Colonel of the School Safety Patrol Program and assisting in the safe crossing of elementary students to and from school.

  • Senators Toni Atkins, Joel Anderson, Jean Fuller and Ted Gaines welcome Barbara Wright to the Senate chamber

  • Senator John Moorlach presents a resolution to Heinz Ludke, ALS Association Board member, in recognition of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month.

  • Senators Richard Roth and Connie Leyva welcome a group of officials from the city of Grand Terrace in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of that city's incorporation.

  • Senators Jim Beall, Richard Pan, Kevin de Leon, Steven Bradford and Toni Atkins congratulate CalTrans' newly appointed Inspector General, Debbie Lumpkin.  

  • Senator Steve Glazer quizzes a group of 5th graders from St. Francis of Assisi school in Concord during their tour of the Capitol.

  • Senators Galgiani, Hueso, Bradford, Vidak and Moorlach welcome 2018 Latino Spirit Awards honorees: Lupita Lomeli, Cheech Marin, Chauncey Veatch, Hector Barajas-Varela, Lalo Alcaraz, Gavina family, Liz Hernandez, Faith Florez and Melinda Cuellar.  

  • Senator Mike McGuire presents a resolution to John Roney, Park Manager of Sugar Loaf Ridge State Park for his heroism and bravery in evacuating park visitors during the October 2017 fires. 

  • Senators Jackson, Pan, Monning, Gaines and Vidak welcome families and advocates to the Senate floor in recognition of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month (May 2018). 

  • Law enforcement officers from around the state salute family members of officers who died in the line of duty in 2017. The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony serves to formally enroll peace officers who have died in the line of duty the preceding year, pay tribute to the over 1500 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice since California became a state, and to honor the families left behind.

  • The commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide included a Color Guard presentation and pledge of allegiance led by the Homenetmen Scouts

  • Senator Anthony Portantino welcomes individuals affiliated with the Armenian community in commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

  • Senators and members of the Armenian community pose for a group photograph

  • Senator Jean Fuller welcomes Amber Bullard and her mother in recognition of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month

  • Senator Steve Glazer welcomes CalTrans Bay Area Director, Bijan Sartipi to the Senate floor

  • Senators John Moorlach and Richard Pan

  • Senator Ted Gaines and Minority Leader Patricia Bates

  • Senator Michael McGuire introduces Arturo Ibleto -- "The Pasta King" and congratulates him on more than 40 years of service to the Sonoma county community.

  • Senator Josh Newman welcomes Sylvia Mendez, a civil rights advocate who influenced desegregation of schools nationwide in commemoration of Mendez v. Westminster School District Day

  • Senator Henry Stern receives Happy Birthday greetings from Senator Richard Pan

  • Senators Wiener, Wieckowski, Pan, Stern, Monning, Mitchell, Leyva, Hueso, Dodd, Bradford, and Hill recognize labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.  

  • Senator Nancy Skinner welcomes Stefano M. Bertozzi MD, PhD, Dean of UC Berkeley School of Public Health, in celebration of the school's 75th anniversary. 

  • Senator Ted Gaines joins members of the Sacramento Sikh commmunity to celebrate Vaisakhi, marking the celebration of spring harvest.  

  • Senators Richard Pan, Janet Nguyen and Ricardo Lara welcome Cambodian community leaders in honor of Cambodian Genocide Memorial Week

  • Senator Janet Nguyen is joined by Senators Morrell, Allen, Monning, Nielsen, Moorlach, Bates, Gaines and Vidak in welcoming Huntington Beach Mayor Mike Posey and surfers from around the state, in recognition of California Surfing Day.

  • Springtime in Capitol Park

  • The Senate welcomes seven women Presidents of the California State University system who now represent a majority of the Presidents in the CSU system. 

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

  • California's state Capitol in February

  • Senators Ben Hueso and Bill Monning

  • Senator Nancy Skinner

  • Senators Mike Morrell and Scott Wilk

  • Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Jerry Hill

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

  • Senators Mike McGuire and Joel Anderson

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

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