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Today's Events: 08/03/2021

2021-22 Legislative Session

The Senate has adjourned until Monday, August 16th 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

  • Senator Steve Glazer announced the recent death of former Senator Richard Rainey who served California's 7th Senate District. Senator Glazer currently represents the same district.

  • Senator Richard "Dick" Rainey served California's 7th Senate district (1996-2000) and Assembly's 15th district (1992-1996). He is survived by his wife, Sue, and seven adult children.

  • The California Senate honors the legacy of former Senator Richard Rainey by adjourning in his memory.

  • Senator Steven Bradford presiding over the Senate

  • Senator Melissa Hurtado

  • Senator Anthony Portantino

  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins and Senator Brian Jones

  • Senators Josh Newman and Monique Limón

  • For the first time since March of 2020, members of the Senate are seated at their own desks.

  • Although California's stay-at-home order has been lifted and pandemic restrictions eased, the California Senate continues to encourage social distance and requires face masks at all times.  

  • Senator Monique Limón

  • Senators Brian Jones, Susan Eggman, and Brian Dahle confer during Senate session

  • Senators Mike McGuire and Bill Dodd

  • Senators Ben Allen and Bob Wieckowski

  • Senator Patricia Bates

  • Senator Ben Allen

  • Senator Anna Caballero

  • Senator Andreas Borgeas

  • Senator Josh Becker

  • Senator Brian Dahle

  • The Capitol dome is illuminated in rainbow colors in recognition of Pride Month, 2021

  • Senator Susan Eggman

  • Senate President pro Tempore, Toni Atkins

  • Senator John Laird

  • Senator Lena Gonzalez

  • Senator Nancy Skinner

  • Senator Josh Newman

  • Senator Connie Leyva

  • Senator Steven Bradford stands in support of a resolution recognizing June 19th as a day for Californians to honor and reflect on the important role African Americans have played in American history. Juneteenth, also known as “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Emancipation Day,” “Emancipation Celebration,” and “Freedom Day,” is the oldest African American holiday observance in the USA.

  • Senator María Elena Durazo

  • Senator Dave Min

  • Senator Susan Rubio

  • Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh presents a resolution recognizing the month of June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month 

  • Members of the Senate wear purple face masks in recognition of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

  • Senator Monique Limón

  • Senator Ben Hueso

  • Senator Scott Wiener

  • 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 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 Bob Archuleta

  • Senator Lena Gonzalez

  • Senator Shannon Grove

  • 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

  • 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

  • Senator Dave Cortese

  • 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.

  • Senator Josh Newman

  • Senator Sydney Kamlager

  • Senator Richard Roth

  • Senator Steve Glazer

  • Senator Bill Dodd

  • Senator Tom Umberg

  • Senator Brian Jones

  • Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh

  • Senator Bob Wieckowski

  • 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.

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

  • Senator Bill Dodd

  • Senator Ben Allen

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • Senator Mike McGuire

  • Senator Bob Archuleta

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