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Today's Events: 08/08/2020

2019-20 Legislative Session

The Senate has adjourned until Monday, August 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Regular Session: Check-in Session - 9:00 a.m.

Message from the Senate President pro Tempore

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Toni G. AtkinsWelcome 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

  • On Friday, June 19th, the California Capitol was lit in the colors of red, green and black to commemorate Juneteenth. The colors demonstrate the state’s commitment to delivering equality for all. Friday was the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth.

  • Senator Jim Nielsen adds his name to plywood panels in the "Swing" building construction trailer. These panels will be integrated into the structure of the Legislative and Executive interim offices being built near the Capitol. This interim building will house the Legislative and Executive branches during the construction of a new Capitol Annex. 

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

  • Senate Budget Committee Chair, Senator Holly Mitchell presents the budget bill for consideration on the Senate floor. State lawmakers met their constitutionally-required responsibility of passing a balanced budget by June 15, 2020

  • Senator Jim Nielsen

  • Senator Mike McGuire

  • Senator Bill Monning

  • Senate President pro Tempore, Toni Atkins

  • Senator Jerry Hill

  • Because of strict social distancing protocols on the Senate floor, Senate members take desks that were formally used by staff members

  • Senator Maria Elena Durazo

  • Senator Bob Archuleta

  • Senator-elect Melissa Melendez, with her husband Nico Melendez at her side, is sworn into office by Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco.

  • Senator Melissa Melendez signs her Oath of Office

  • The state Capitol is illuminated with blue light to support first responders and health care workers during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Senator Lena A. Gonzalez convened the first hearing of the Senate’s special committee on Pandemic Emergency Response to hear directly from state and local government officials, academics and other experts involved in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. All Senate committee hearings have implemented strict health protections and social distancing procedures. 

  • Senator Anna Caballero

  • Senator Connie Leyva chairs a hearing of the Senate Education Committee

  • With health and safety precautions implemented in the Capitol building, the Senate resumed legislative hearings on May 11, 2020.  Senator Anthony Portantino presents legislation in a controlled hearing room.

  • Senator Richard Pan

  • Senator Bill Monning, Senate Health Committee

  • Senator Mike McGuire chairs the Senate Governance & Finance Committee

  • Senator Jim Nielsen

  • Senator Jim Beall

  • Senator Bill Dodd chairs the Senate Governmental Organization Committee from the Senate chamber dais

  • Senator Jerry Hill

  • On April 16, 2020, Senator Holly Mitchell convened the Senate's bipartisan Special Budget Subcommittee on COVID-19 Response to review expenditures and provide legislative oversight of the $1 billion COVID-19 appropriation passed in March.   

  • Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is escorted to the Senate dais by Senators Bill Monning and Tom Umberg and Assemblymembers Reginald Jones-Sawyer for her annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature. 


  • Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary 2020 remarks to the California Legislature.

  • Senator Connie Leyva congratulates Cal State San Bernardino women's volleyball team for winning the 2019 Division II volleyball national championship

  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson meets with members of the Ventura County Leadership Academy on the Senate floor

  • Senator Bill Monning is joined by pro Tem Toni Atkins and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson in welcoming Jeffrey Armstrong, President of Caifornia Polytechnic State University to the Senate chamber. The Cal Poly students are being honored for their success in their respective academic disciplines.

  • Senator Scott Wilk speaks with members of Future Farmers of America. FFA is a youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

  • John LHarmer (28 April 1934 – 6 December 2019) Served in the California State Senate from 1966 to 1974. Governor Ronald Reagan appointed Harmer Lieutenant Governor of California in 1974.

  • Senator Jim Nielsen presents a memorial resolution to the family of former Senator John Harmer.

  • Hubert Leon Richardson (December 28, 1927 – January 13, 2020), also known as H.L. or Bill Richardson, served as a California state senator from 1966–89. He represented the San Gabriel Valley, and later, parts of western San Bernardino County, the Mojave Desert and Inyo County.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his second State of the State address before a joint convention of the California Legislature

  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon deliver the Democratic response to the Governor's State of the State address

  • Senator John Moorlach and Assembly Minority Leader Marie Waldron provide the Republican response to the State of State address.

  • Senator Ben Allen marks the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation. Over 1 million Jews perished at Auschwitz. "On this 75th anniversary, we honor their memory, reflect, and educate about the Holocaust" 

  • Senator John Moorlach adjourns the Senate in memory of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant as well as the 7 others killed in a helicopter crash in California: John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli and Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser; Sarah Chester and Payton Chester and the pilot Ara Zobayan.

  • Senator Maria Elena Durazo dons an LA Laker's #24 t-shirt in memory of the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant

  • Senator Brian Dahle presents a resolution recognizing Randy Robbins, winner of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual photo contest. The image shows a bald eagle snatching a trout from Antelope Lake in Plumas County. 

  • Senator Steven Bradford presents a resolution honoring the 91st birthday of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2020.

  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins welcomes the Senate back into session after the interim recess

  • Senators Hertzberg, Bradford, Rubio, Caballero, Hurtado and Archuleta on the first day back to Capitol after the interim. 

  • Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove 

  • Senators Brian Jones and Anthony Portantino

  • Senators Susan Rubio and Tom Umberg

  • Senators Brian Dahle and Mike Morrell

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