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Today's Events: 05/24/2015

2015-16 Legislative Session

The Next Senate Floor Session will convene Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 2:00 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

  • Cherry farmer and state Senator, Andy Vidak surprised his colleagues with cherries from his Hanford ranch.

  • Senator Fran Pavley thanks Senator Andy Vidak for the gift of cherries. 

  • Guest Chaplain Ranjit Singh from the Sikh Temple in West Sacramento led the Senate in prayer

  • Senate floor session - May 22, 2015

  • Sacramento's BloodSource hosted a blood drive for Capitol Employees on May 21, 2015 to help keep community blood supply plentiful during the summer months.

  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León meets with the Governor of Baja California, Francisco Vega

  • The Honorable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change from Ontario, Canada meets with Senator Fran Pavley in her Capitol office.

  • Senator Ted Gaines wields the gavel as presiding officer during the May 18, 2015 floor session

  • Senator Richard Pan (far left) and Senator Lois Wolk (far right) present a resolution to members of the Locke Foundation in recognition of the historic Chinese town of Locke.

  • Members of the Senate welcome the Honorable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, who is visiting from Ontario Canada.  From left: Senators Bob Wieckowski, Richard Pan, Connie Leyva, Mark Leno, Hannah-Beth Jackson, the Honorable Glen Murray, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, Senators Jerry Hill and Marty Block

  • 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.

  • Members of the Asian Pacific American community join Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff to celebrate the presentation of Senate Constitutional Resolution 52, celebrating Asian Pacific Americans Heritage Month.  Huff is joined by colleagues Senators Richard Pan, Marty Block and Janet Nguyen.

  • Senator Holly Mitchell presents a resolution to former NFL player Tim Brown, National Chairman of Athletes and Entertainers for Kids, in honor of the heroes and children of 9-1-1 for Kids Education Week

  • Senator Janet Nguyen

  • Senator Ben Allen

  • A Military Honor Guard and historically uniformed reenactors honor the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II

  • Senators are led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Senator Richard Roth (retired Major General USAF)

  • Senator Jim Nielsen is recognized for a floor introduction and ceremony honoring veterans in recognition of the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II

  • Senator Tom Berryhill welcomes Legislators, staff and friends to the 41st Annual Capitol Frog Jump on May 6, 2015  

  • Senator Berryhill prompts his frog "Tastes Like Chicken" to jump

  • Senator Jeff Stone's frog "Flint Stone" is off to a good start

  • Assemblymember Jim Wood's frog "Esmerelda" takes a giant leap

  • Thousands of law enforcement officers stretch from the steps of the Capitol to the Police Memorial in a somber remembrance of the thirteen officers who died in the line of duty in 2014.

  • Senators Huff, Pan, Hueso, Galgiani, Leyva, Fuller, Moorlach, Nguyen, Vidak, Bates and Block welcome three young women from the Miss California Organization: Kyla Reed, Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2014, Izzamar Olaguez, Miss Yosemite Valley 2015, and Caylunn Simonson, Miss Orange County 2015. 

  • Mariachi Juvenil Nuevo Tecalitlan, accompanied by singer Juan Mendoza "El Tariacuri" performed for the Senate, as part of the Latino Spirit Awards celebration on May 4, 2015

  • Senators Richard Pan, Jim Nielsen, Cathleen Galgiani and Ted Gaines welcome representatives of the Northern California Sikh community to the Senate floor on April 30, 2015

  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León is joined by Senators Cathleen Galgiani, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Bob Hertzberg and Minority Leader Bob Huff to welcome the Honorable Keisuke Suzuki, Parliamentary Vice Minister and Member of the Japan House of Representatives, along with five other government officials of his Ministry, to the Senate floor.

  • Senators Mark Leno and Richard Pan confer on the floor of the Senate during the legislative session

  • Senator Jim Beall commends Diane Borrison for her efforts on behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

  • Senator Connie Leyva presents legislation for consideration on the Senate Floor

  • Senator John Moorlach adjourns the Senate in memory of Reverend Robert Schuller

  • Senator Jean Fuller and pro Tem Kevin de Leόn confer during the Senate floor session on April 9, 2015

  • The trout pond on the East side of the Capitol

  • The Capitol rose garden in full bloom

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