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Today's Events: 02/18/2019

2019-20 Legislative Session

The next Senate Floor Session will convene on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Message from the Senate President pro Tempore

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Toni G. AtkinsWelcome to the website of the California Senate. Here, you can find everything you need to stay informed and engaged in the legislation being considered in our house – legislative calendars, details on policy committees, helpful resources, live-streamed and archived videos, information on each of the Senators who represent the state’s 40 districts and how to contact us, and more. Thank you for participating and helping us improve California for everyone who lives here.

Toni G. Atkins
Senate President pro Tempore


Photos of the Week

  • Members of the California Senate celebrate Go Red for Womens' Health Day 2019

  • Senators Beall, McGuire, Glazer, Wiener, Mitchell, Wieckowski, Durazo, Allen, Pan, Leyva, Hertzberg, Hurtado, Galgiani, Skinner, Archuleta, Monning, Caballero, Umberg, Hueso, Rubio, Bates, Stern, Grove, Borgeas and Moorlach weolcome former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to the Senate floor

  • Senator Nancy Skinner and Gabby Giffords

  • Senators Cabellero, Borgeas and Nielsen present a resolution to Glenda Humiston, Vice President of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, who was selected as the recipient of the 2018 California Steward Leader Award

  • Senator Jim Nielsen presents memorial resolutions to Bob Presley, son of the late Senator Robert Presley.  Senator Presley served in the state Senate from 1975 to 1994.

  • Following a memorial tribute on the Senate floor, the family of Senator Presley pose with Senator Jim Nielsen. Senator Nielsen is the only current member of the Senate who served with Presley. From left: Trish Presley, Robert Presley, Donna Danielson, Marilyn Raphael and Senator Nielsen.

  • Robert B. Presley (December 4, 1924 – September 22, 2018) 

  • Senator Benjamin Allen presents a resolution to individuals affiliated with the Compton Unified School District and Capitol Music Group (CMG) in recognition of the Bonus Tracks Program that teaches students about careers within the music industry through in-person seminars at the school led by CMG executives.

  • Senator Cathleen Galgiani recognizes representatives from the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement Task Force for their work in investigating, prosecuting and recovering revenue lost to the underground economy.

  • Senator Jim Beall presents a resolution to representatives of the Prison Arts Collective and Anti-Recidivism Coalition for their collaborative efforts to provide arts and other rehabilitative programming to thousands of incarcerated individuals throughout California.

  • Senators Steve Bradford and Jerry Hill introduce Dr. Clayborne Carson with Stanford University who edited and published the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the request of his widow, Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski, Bill Monning, Maria Elena Durazo, Bob Hertzberg, Steve Bradford, Bob Archuleta, Jerry Hill, Susan Rubio and Richard Pan greet Dr. Clayborne Carson and thank him for his work on behalf of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

  • Senator Melissa Hurtado welcomes Hanford City Councilmember Art Brieno to the Senate chamber

  • Senator Scott Wiener welcomes state Board of Equalization member Malia Cohen to the Senate.

  • Senator Mike McGuire welcomes officials from Rikuzentakata, Japan and Crescent City, California who have formally established a sister-city relationship. From left: Kyoshi Murakami,Senior Executive Advisor of the City of Rikuzentakata; Masayuki Okamoto, Deputy Mayor of the city of Rikuzentakata, Japan; Blake Inscore, Mayor of Crescent City, CA and the Honorable Tomochika Uyama, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco

  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson welcomes Ken Pimlott, chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to the Senate floor. After three decades as a firefighter, the last eight leading the state's largest fire agency through some of the worst fires in the state's history, Pimlott is retiring from public service.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his 2019-20 “California for All” budget proposal at a formal press conference on January 10, 2019.

  • The California State Constitution requires the Governor to submit to each house of the legislature a budget containing a complete plan and itemized statement of all proposed expenditures of the state on or before January 10 of each year. 

  • Senators Susan Rubio and Maria Elena Durazo

  • Senators Ben Allen and Bill Monning

  • Senators Anthony Portantino and Tom Umberg confer during the first legislative session day of 2019

  • Senator Ted Gaines bids farewell to his colleagues after being elected to the State Board of Equalization

  • Senators Melissa Hurtado and Bob Hertzberg

  • Senators Jim Nielsen and Shannon Grove

  • Senators Steve Bradford and Andreas Borgeas

  • Senator Holly Mitchell and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins

  • Senators Brian Jones and Bob Wieckowski

  • Senator Anna Caballero

  • Senators Susan Rubio and Anthony Portantino

  • The women of the Senate's 2019-2020 legislative session: Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Senators Shannon Grove, Cathleen Galgiani, Anna Caballero, Maria Elena Durazo, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Connie Leyva, Holly Mitchell, Nancy Skinner, Susan Rubio, Melissa Hurtado and Ling Ling Chang (not shown: Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates)

  • The Sacramento Children's Chorus, under the direction of Alexander Grambow performs the National Anthem before the start of the December 3, 2018 Senate swearing-in session

  • Presentation of the Colors by C.K. McClatchy High School Junior ROTC Unit CA-841

  • California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is escorted into the Senate Chamber by Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson, Connie Leyva, Patricia Bates and Ling Ling Chang

  • Twenty re-elected and newly-elected Senators are sworn into office by Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Monday, December 3, 2018.  

  • Senators Jim Nielsen, Anna Caballero, Robert Hertzberg, Bob Archuleta, Melissa Hurtado and Holly Mitchell

  • Senators Richard Pan, Bob Wieckowski, Connie Leyva, Mike McGuire and Ben Allen

  • Senators Andreas Borgeas, Jeff Stone, Patricia Bates and Brian Jones

  • Senators Ben Hueso, Maria Elena Durazo, Tom Umberg, Shannon Grove and Susan Rubio

  • Senator Tom Umberg introduces his first Senate bill

  • Senators Brian Jones and Hannah-Beth Jackson

  • Senator Bob Wieckowski snaps a cell phone image of Senator Bill Dodd with Governor-elect Gavin Newsom

  • Senators Andreas Borgeas and Shannon Grove confer during the first day of the 2019-2020 Regular Session

  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning and newly sworn-in Senator Maria Elena Durazo

  • Lt. Governor-elect Eleni Kounalakis greets Senator Susan Rubio

  • Former Senators Martha Escutia and Dean Florez greet Senator Jerry Hill before the start of session

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