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Today's Events: 06/13/2021

2021-22 Legislative Session

The Senate has adjourned until Monday, June 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Message from the Senate President pro Tempore

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins

Welcome to the website of the California State Senate. The Senate is actively working on critical legislation to improve California, address issues in our communities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to meet the needs of all Californians. While we address the pressing issues our state is facing, we encourage you to participate and watch remotely, as we continue to flatten the curve of Coronavirus. Please continue to follow state and local public health guidelines to safeguard against the virus, and contact your Senator’s office with any issues or concerns. Thank you for helping us improve California for everyone who lives here.

Toni G. Atkins
Senate President pro Tempore

Photos of the Week

  • In recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, the Pride flag will be flown on the main flagpole of the State Capitol for the month of June.

  • Senator Bob Hertzberg presents a resolution memorializing the achievements of Sugihara Chiune in saving thousands of Jewish lives during WWII. Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who risked his job and the lives of his family to help thousands of Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas to them so they could travel through Japanese territory.

  • Senator Dave Cortese adjourns the Senate in memory of the nine people killed in a mass shooting at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard in San Jose, California. The May 26, 2021 shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the San Fransico Bay Area.

  • Senator Richard Pan speaks in support of a resolution recognizing the week of May 9, 2021, to May 15, 2021 as Hospital Week, and recognizes the life-saving contributions of hospitals in this state during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Senator Pan is a pediatrician in the Sacramento area. 

  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins adjourned the Senate in memory of Navy veteran Clayton Schenkelberg, who, at age 103, was believed to be the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor. Mr. Schenkelberg was born October 17, 1917 and died April 14, 2021

  • Senator Brian Jones

  • Senate Minority Leader Scott Wilk

  • Senator Susan Rubio

  • Senator Bob Archuleta

  • Senator Anthony Portantino

  • Senator Lena Gonzalez

  • Senator Nancy Skinner

  • Senator Shannon Grove

  • Assemblyman Rob Bonta was confirmed by the state legislature as California Attorney General, the first Filipino American to hold the position. Governor Gavin Newsom nominated Bonta to succeed Xavier Becerra who resigned to become the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary.

  • Senator Robert Hertzberg adjourns the Senate in honor of former Vice President, Walter "Fritz" Mondale who died on April 19, 2021. Mondale served as the 42nd vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981 under President Jimmy Carter.  

  • Senator Sydney Kamlager

  • James Mills was elected to the California Senate in 1966 to represent the 40th Senate District and served as president pro Tem from 1970-1980. Senator Mills retired from the Senate in 1982.

  • Senator Jim Nielsen, considered the "Dean of the Senate" because of his lengthy service to the Legislature, served alongside Senator James Mills in the 1970s and early 1980s and shared his recollections of the former pro Tem.  

  • Senator Hertzberg shares memories of former Senator James Mills before the Senate adjourns in his memory.

  • Senator Mike McGuire

  • Senator Henry Stern

  • Senator John Laird

  • California was the first state in the nation to create an annual state holiday honoring César Chávez's birthday. March 31st has been observed as a state holiday in the state since 2000, when the Legislature passed and Governor Gray Davis signed into law Senate Bill 984 (Chapter 213 of the Statutes of 2000)  (photo used with permission from Jocelyn Sherman, UFW)

  • Senator Lena Gonzalez presents a resolution marking César Chávez’s birthday, March 31, as a day of public service and calling upon all Californians to recognize the hard work and self-sacrifice that farmworkers go through to feed all the families in our state.

  • Senator Dave Cortese

  • Senator María Elena Durazo

  • Senator Robert Hertzberg

  • Senator Bob Archuleta

  • Senator Andreas Borgeas

  • Senator Melissa Melendez

  • Senator Richard Pan, chair of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus opens the Senate with a prayer calling for support and unity against the rising tide of violence facing Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

  • A moment of silence in honor and remembrance of the victims of the Atlanta shootings and for all victims of anti-Asian violence.

  • Senator Josh Newman

  • Senator Dave Min presents a resolution denouncing hate crimes, hateful rhetoric, and hateful acts against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  

  • Senator Sydney Kamlager

  • Senator Richard Roth

  • Senator Steve Glazer

  • Senator Bill Dodd

  • Senator Patricia Bates

  • Senator Tom Umberg

  • Senator Brian Jones

  • Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh

  • Senator Bob Wieckowski

  • Senator Anthony Portantino

  • Senator Ben Hueso

  • Senators Atkins, Gonzalez, Durazo, Rubio, Skinner, Leyva, Bates, Kamlager, Caballero, and Eggman wore beaded "dissent collars" in honor and remembrance of the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  • Senator Susan Rubio commemorates March 15 as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day on what would have been the Supreme Court Justice's 88th birthday.

  • Senators Gonzalez and Leyva greet each other with an "elbow bump"

  • Senator Sydney Kamlager of Los Angeles is sworn into office one week after being elected to represent California's 30th Senate District. 

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins administers the oath of office to Sydney Kamlager, California's newest state senator. 

  • Senator Sydney K. Kamlager and her husband, Austin Dove, during her swearing-in ceremony

  • Senator Patricia Bates

  • Senator Bill Dodd

  • Senator Brian Dahle

  • Senator Ben Allen

  • Senator Melissa Hurtado

  • Mindful of social distancing protocol, Senators Bob Archuleta and Susan Rubio greet each other with an "elbow bump" on the Senate floor.

  • Senator Josh Becker leads the Senate in prayer at the start of the session.

  • Senators Josh Newman and Tom Umberg

  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins confers with Senate Minority Leader Scott Wilk at the start of Senate session

  • Senator Steven Bradford introduces a measure recognizing February 2021 as Black History Month. SCR 10 urges citizens to join in celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month and encourages the people of California to recognize the many talents, achievements, and contributions of African Americans.

  • Senator Shannon Grove

  • Senator Scott Wiener confers with Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh

  • Senator Lena Gonzalez

  • Happy Lunar New Year 2021. The Year of the Ox 农历新年快乐

  • Senator Connie Leyva

  • Senator Melissa Melendez

  • Senator María Elena Durazo

  • Senators Josh Newman and Richard Roth

  • Senator Dave Cortese

  • Senator Tom Umberg

  • Senator Ben Hueso

  • Senator Brian Jones

  • Senator Josh Newman

  • The dome of the state Capitol in Sacramento is awash in golden light in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19. At the Presidential Inaugural Committee's invitation, cities and towns around the country were invited to illuminate buildings and ring church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance. 

  • Senator Steven Bradford presents a resolution to honor the late civil rights icon Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and commemorate what would have been his 92nd birthday on January 15, 2021. King's birthday is a federal holiday in the United States and will be observed on Monday, January 18, 2021.

  • Senator Connie Leyva

  • Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg

  • Senator Susan Eggman

  • Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove

  • Senator Richard Pan speaks on behalf of the Asian-Pacific Island caucus in recognition of Dr. King's contributions to the civil rights movement.  

  • Senator Scott Wilk 

  • Senator Dave Cortese

  • Senators John Laird and Dave Min greet each other with an elbow bump before the start of session

  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins welcomes members back to the Senate for the start of the new year.  

  • Senators Jim Nielsen, Shannon Grove and Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh

  • Senator Scott Wiener

  • Senators Mike McGuire and Dave Min

  • Senators Bill Dodd and Bob Wieckowski

  • Senator Jim Nielsen

  • Senator Susan Eggman

  • Senators Anthony Portantino and Ben Allen

  • Senators Richard Pan, Nancy Skinner and John Laird

  • Senators Anna Caballero and Richard Roth

  • Senators Josh Becker and Susan Eggman

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins convened the 2021-22 legislative session with a constitutionally-required organizational session that included the swearing-in of new and re-elected Senators, the election of Senate officers, and the opening of the Senate Desk for bill introductions.

  • Senate President pro Tempore Senator Toni G. Atkins

  • This year's organizational session was streamed online and modified to include several COVID-19 safety protocols, including health screenings, mandatory masks, physical distancing, and air filtration. 

  • In the abbreviated ceremony, 17 senators were sworn into office, including new and re-elected members; three others will be sworn in at a later time. In compliance with county health directives, family members and guests were not permitted on the Senate floor.

  • Justice Martin Jenkins administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected and re-elected Senators. Justice Jenkins was sworn in as  California Supreme Court Justice in December 2020.   

  • Senator Susan Eggman, Senate District 5 

  • Senator Josh Becker, Senate District 13

  • Senator Dave Cortese, Senate District 15

  • Senator John Laird, Senate District 17

  • Senator Monique Limón, Senate District 19

  • Senator Dave Min, Senate District 37

  • Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, Senate District 23

  • Senator Connie Leyva presides during the last day of the 2019-2020 Senate session

  • Seats in the Senate Gallery are marked off to enforce social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  • Senator Tom Berryhill served California's 8th Senate District from 2010-2018. He was a farmer and small business owner who also represented the 25th Assembly District (2006-2010) and most recently as the 4th District representative on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. Berryhill's father, Clare Berryhill served in the Senate in the 1970s, and his brother, Bill Berryhill served in the Assembly, alongside his brother, from 2008-2012

  • Senator Steven Bradford kneels during a moment of silence on the Senate floor

  • Senator Mike McGuire

  • Senate President pro Tempore, Toni Atkins

  • Senator Bob Archuleta

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