ICYMI: Senate Chair Atkins Statements on Legislative Actions and Achievements

SACRAMENT — Senate Speaker pro tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has made statements in recent days on many of California’s major issues, as well as legislation she authored that recently passed the Legislature. For more information on Pro Tem Atkins and her work for Senate District 39 and throughout California, click here.

On the Budget package August:

“The last few years have been so tough for many Californians, from families impacted by COVID to communities devastated by wildfires to workers finding it harder to roll their paychecks through the end of the month. I couldn’t look these people in the eye if we hadn’t made real progress for them this year. And we absolutely did.

“This year’s budget has committed a record amount to our schools at all levels and infrastructure projects across the state, and we’ve sent money back to California taxpayers to help with rising fuel and food costs. The budget also includes funds to expand access to health care for all income-eligible Californians, regardless of age or documentation status, and invests in safety-net programs that help struggling families get back on track. And in an effort to address the very real climate challenges we face, she also guides means to help us continue to scale up our climate goals and double smart investments into a green future.”

On the Apartment Optimization PackageSB 6 (Caballero) and AB 2011 (Wicks):

“As the housing crisis in California worsens by the day, leaving thousands of people and families with little or no choice, the importance of SB 6 and AB 2011 really cannot be overstated. Together, the dynamic and determined team of Sen. Anna Caballero and Rep. Buffy Wicks have reached an agreement that will result in both affordable and marketable housing that our state desperately needs. Today’s success would not have been possible without the collaboration of our working partners and Speaker Anthony Rendon and the round-the-clock dedication of Senate Majority Leader Mike McGuire, who simply refused to take “no” for an answer. This monumental package of legislation gives us the power to say ‘yes’ to building more homes, creating more jobs and all the hard-working people who want to call California home.”

On SB1020Clean Energy, Jobs and Affordability Act of 2022 (Laird/Atkins/Caballero/Durazo):

“Across the state, the increasing effects of a warming climate are threatening our economy and quality of life. SB 1020 is another significant step towards meeting the landmark renewable energy and carbon-free resource supply goals set by SB 100 in 2018. SB 1020 sets out more precisely defined goals for California state agencies to meet our much-needed and aggressive climate goals.”

On SB1375which allows qualified nurses to perform abortions without medical supervision (Atkins):

“As judges and legislators across the country continue to put pregnant women in impossible and dangerous situations, I’m proud that California is resolutely moving in the opposite direction. Abortion is health care – period. And like other medical decisions, it is a private conversation between patients and their healthcare providers. By expanding the number of nurses who can perform first trimester abortions, SB 1375 would give more people the opportunity to get the timely, necessary care they need from a provider they know and trust. We must do everything we can to ensure that abortion treatment in California is not only protected, but expanded.”

On SCA 10a constitutional amendment to make explicit the fundamental right to abortion and contraceptives (Atkins):

“Abortion is healthcare and should be a private discussion between a patient and their healthcare provider. When politicians and judges crowd into this space, security goes out the window… Today, we offer a glimmer of hope by allowing voters to enshrine reproductive rights in our Constitution that reflect California values ​​and protect all who… Abortion, contraception and other reproductive care in our state.”

On SB1183bipartisan legislation establishing California’s first statewide Imagination Library Program (Grove/Atkins):

“Growing up, my family was on a very tight budget, but my parents taught me that if I swiped my library card I could travel anywhere in the world and have all sorts of new experiences. This deep appreciation for reading is one of the greatest gifts they have given me. I hope to continue her legacy by bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to California and making sure our youngest readers have something to add to their home library each month, regardless of how much their parents make or where they live. Dolly said it best when she said, “You can never get enough books into the hands of enough kids.” And so it is!”

On SB1027an act to expand the jurisdictional boundary of the San Diego River Conservancy to include the entire San Diego River watershed, add a member of the El Cajon City Council to the SDRC’s board of directors, and change the definition of tribal nation to refer directly to the Kumeyaay associated with the area Affiliated Bands (Atkins):

“This expansion will not only help the San Diego River Conservancy holistically restore and protect our watershed ecosystem, but will continue a legacy of preserving this beautiful and delicate resource. It will also allow more communities to benefit from the funding, projects and responsible management of the Conservancy, which are essential in our region.”

On SB1041legislation that would make permanent the sales tax exemption for the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society and other qualifying organizations to help service members and families (Atkins):

“The assistance provided by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is truly making a difference in the lives of thousands of California military families and members. The expansion of this tax credit means these families will continue to benefit from the amazing work of the NMCRS. It will give back to the soldiers and their families who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country.”

On SB1013Legislation to include wine and liquor bottles in the California recycling program (Atkins):

“SB 1013 is a historic change that has been in the works for 40 years. I want to commend the wine industry, the spirits industry, environmentalists and other groups who have come together to support this landmark proposal.”


Toni G. Atkins is President Pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her Senate term in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins website: www.senate.ca.gov/Atkins

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