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Today's Events: 12/10/2017

2017-18 Legislative Session

The next Senate Floor Session will convene Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

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


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Photos of the Week

  • Vocal Rush with the Oakland School for the Arts, performed during the 86th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • On December 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown were joined by 7-year-old Sofia Garcia in lighting the Capitol Christmas tree

  • The tree is decorated with over 900 hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state's development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

  • The tree is illuminated by approximately 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights

  • First Lady Anne Gust Brown

  • Mariachi Puente

  • The Christmas tree in the historical Governor's office, 1906

  • Department of General Service employees begin the process of decorating the tree with ornaments created by children and adults with develomental disabilities.

  • The 2017 Christmas tree arrived at the Capitol on November 7, 2017. The 65-foot white fir was grown in the Latour Demonstration State Forest located in Shasta county. 

  • Department of General Services workers used a crane to lift the tree into place.

  • Senators Nancy Skinner, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Toni Atkins and Holly Mitchell

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

  • Senator John Moorlach is joined by Assemblymember Matt Harper in welcoming Finland Consul General Stefan Lindstrom in recognition of the Finnish Independence Centenniel.

  • American flags adorn each Senator's desk in the days following the  September 11, 2001 attack.

  • The California Senate in September, 2001 with (then) Senators Chuck Poochigian, Ray Haynes and Maurice Johannessen

  • Senator Ben Hueso leads a roundtable discussion with a delegation from Mexico, including His Excellency Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Undersecretary for North American Affairs,The Honorable Ilse Liliana Ferrer Silva, Consul General in Sacramento and Mr. Narciso Antonio Campos Cuevas, Chief of Staff to Secretary Videgaray

  • Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins participate in the discussion with the Mexican Consul General and Secretary of Foreign Affairs

  • His excellency Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Mexico visits Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León during the floor session.

  • Senators Leyva, Mitchell, Monning, Beall, Pan, Jackson, Skinner, Dodd, Fuller, Stone and Moorlach welcome Ron Kouchi, President of the Senate in Hawai'i.  

  • Senator Tom Berryhill is joined by Senators Richard Pan and Jim Nielsen in presenting a resolution to four members of Ducks Unlimited in celebration of their 80th Anniversary.

  • Senators Mendoza, Newman, Bates, Pan and Nguyen recognize Neonatal Nurses Day on the Senate floor. They are accompanied by neonatal nurses and Senator Newman's wife Darcy, and daughter, who spent a week in the NICU following her birth.

  • Senator Gaines introduces Alex Honnold, who became the first person to scale Yosemite's 3,000 foot El Capitan free solo - without the use of ropes or safety gear.

  • Senator Richard Roth presents a resolution to Cheech Marin for his contribution to Chicano art.

  • Senator Jerry Hill greets Cheech Marin on the Senate floor

  • Senators Anthony Portantino, Ben Allen and Henry Stern pose with the winning trophy from the 1st Inaugural Capitol Cup Soccer Match. Democratic lawmakers defeated their Republican colleagues, 3-1. Senator Portantino referreed the match, and Senators Allen, Stern and Hueso (not shown) played. Proceeds from the match were donated to St. Johns Shelter for Women and Children.

  • Senators Anthony Cannella and Tom Berryhill

  • Senator Steve Glazer adjourns the Senate in memory of Lafayette resident Jared Tucker, who was a victim of the Barcelona terrorist attack.

  • David Ellis Cogdill Sr. (December 31, 1950 – July 23, 2017) was elected to represent the 14th Senate district in 2006 and served as Senate Republican leader from 2008-2009. Senator Cogdill was awarded the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his actions during the 2009 budget fight. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his children, David Jr. and Meghan Merrell; and his grandchildren, Connor, Katie and Cooper.

  • James Ross Johnson (September 28, 1939 – August 16, 2017) represented Orange County in the California Legislature for 26 years, first in the state Assembly from 1978 to 1995 and then in the state Senate from 1995 to 2004. Senator Johnson was the first person in the California Legislature to become his party's leader in both the Assembly and Senate. He is survived by his wife, Diane, daughters Susan and Molly, and seven grandchildren.

  • Senator Holly Mitchell, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee shepherded the state's budget plan for 2017-2018 through the Senate

  • Senators Andy Vidak, John Moorlach, Joel Anderson and Scott Wilk study budget material during Senate floor session

  • Senator Mike Morrell

  • Senator Jeff Stone

  • Senator Richard Roth

  • Senator Scott Wilk and Ben Allen

  • Senator Joel Anderson addresses the Crime Victims United audience before being honored as Legislator of the Year.

  • Senator Connie Leyva presides over the March 23, 2017 floor session

  • Senator Patricia Bates welcomes guests from the Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series.

  • Senator Jeff Stone during floor debate

  • Senators Nancy Skinner and Ed Hernandez

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski, Ben Allen and Josh Newman

  • Senators Patricia Bates and Bob Wieckowski

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