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Today's Events: 07/07/2015

2015-16 Legislative Session

The Next Senate Floor Session will convene Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 9 a.m.


Regular Session: Check-in Session
2nd Extraordinary Session: Upon Call of the President Pro Tempore
AGRICULTURE: 9:30 a.m.
PUBLIC SAFETY: 9:30 a.m.
JUDICIARY: 1:30 p.m.

Message from the Senate President pro Tem

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

  • Edwin Mendez is honored and congratulated by Senator Ben Allen for his academic achievement

  • California writer, Juan Felipe Herrera was honored on the Senate floor and shared his poetry with the gathered Senators. California Library of Congress recently announced that Mr. Herrera will be the next U.S. poet laureate.  

  • Accompanied by Senators John Moorlach, Patricia Bates and Jean Fuller, the Honorable Alejandra Garcia Williams, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento is warmly welcomed to the Senate chamber. 

  • Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff and President pro Tempore, Kevin de León welcome Consul General Alejandra Garcia Williams to a reception in her honor following her introduction on the Senate floor.

  • Senators Isadore Hall, Kevin de León and Hannah-Beth Jackson are joined by Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, former Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other officials in recognizing the MESA team from Dominguez High School who won the national MESA Engineering Design Competition

  • Senators Jean Fuller, Sharon Runner, Janet Nguyen and Patricia Bates celebrate the "National Day of the Cowboy" in recognition of Cowboy and Cowgirl contributions to America's culture and heritage.

  • The California state Capitol, June 26, 2015

  • An 8-foot tall bronze statue of California's 33rd governor, Ronald Reagan, was unveiled during a ceremony in the Capitol's Lower Rotunda.  The statue will remain on permanent display.  

  • George Schultz, Secretary of State during President Reagan's administration, shared personal anecdotes of his time in the Reagan White House. 

  • Senators Jim Nielsen, John Moorlach, Jean Fuller, Sharon Runner, Bob Huff, Ted Gaines, Pat Bates and Mike Morrell pose with the newly installed Ronald Reagan statue.

  • Senator Minority Leader Bob Huff (center, right) welcomes and introduces Henry Bensurto, Jr. Philippine Consul General, Jamie Ramon Ascalon, Philippine Deputy Consul General and others in acknowledgement of Philippine Independence Day

  • Senator Cathleen Galgiani (center, left), along with Senators Mark Leno and Ricardo Lara (far right) welcome and recognize a select group of individuals and organizations who serve as leaders for the cause of equality.

  • Senator Holly Mitchell presiding over the Senate's proceedings on June 19, 2015

  • Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change addressed the Senate during the June 18th regular session

  • Senators Bill Monning, Isadore Hall and Richard Pan

  • Senators Richard Roth, Loni Hancock, Ed Hernandez, Connie Leyva and Carol Liu listen to Ms. Figueres' remarks to the Senate

  • Senators Joel Anderson and Jean Fuller welcome US House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy to the Senate Chamber.

  • Senator Sharon Runner greets former colleague, now US House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy during his visit to the state Capitol.

  • Senator Anthony Cannella

  • Senator Fran Pavley

  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

  • Senator Andy Vidak

  • Senator Tom Berryhill presents a resolution to Paul Ratchford, Regional General Manager of the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in recognition of its 25th anniversary as the gateway to Yosemite National Park

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski and Loni Hancock congratulate the Golden State Warriors on their first NBA championship in 40 years. 

  • Senator Mark Leno, Chair of the Budget Committee, presents the 2015-2016 state Budget Bill on the floor of the Senate.

  • After passage by the Senate, a budget trailer bill will be returned to the Assembly for final action.

  • Senator Steve Glazer honored Jim Coombs, his former McClatchy High School teacher who is retiring after 38 years in education.

  • Senator Bob Wieckowski at his desk

  • Senator Richard Roth listens attentively as his colleague adjourns the Senate in memory of a young constituent

  • Senators Connie Leyva and Bob Hertzberg confer during Senate floor session

  • Citizens crowd a Capitol corridor while waiting for a chance to voice support or opposition to legislation pending before a Legislative committee.

  • Senators Tony Mendoza and Isadore Hall look on as hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar addresses the Senate.  Lamar received recognition as a "Generational Icon" for his artistic, charitable, and community efforts.

  • Senator Janet Nguyen

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