(Sacramento) – A new law, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which guarantees at least three paid sick days to every California private sector employee took effect July 1, 2015. “For years, hardworking men and women fighting for decent working conditions told me paid sick days was what they were most excited about at work. So, when I had the opportunity to join the Assembly, passing a paid sick days law for Californians was at the top of my priority list,” Gonzalez said. California is the first state in the nation to pass such expansive paid sick days legislation. Under the new law all full-time, part-time, per diem, and temporary employees in California’s private sector will accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked. Employers can limit the time off to 24 hours or three days. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges:
“This is a very emotional day. We feel relief, of course, that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the fundamental right of same-sex couples to legally commit their lives to each other. We feel admiration for the couples and the advocates who have fought for marriage equality through election after election and court after court, never giving up. And we feel pride in a movement that has helped inform public opinion and bring about justice in what, historically, is a relatively swift period of time. But most of all, we feel joy for every couple in every state who now have the opportunity to share their lives with the respect, dignity and legal protections that marriage brings.”
Below are audio links of Speaker Atkins’ comments about the marriage ruling:
Speaker Atkins reacts to today’s marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. (1:03)
Speaker Atkins says has a personal understanding of what today’s ruling means to same sex couples. (:48)
Speaker Atkins says she will celebrate the ruling with friends, family and supporters in San Diego this evening. (1:38)
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell:
“I’m pleased the Supreme Court made the right decision and upheld the Affordable Care Act subsidies in states that have not set up their own health care exchanges. While California would not have been impacted had the subsidies been struck down, since we were the first state to establish an exchange, the ruling prevents chaos in the country’s health care system and protects millions of our fellow Americans who would have lost their health coverage. With this ruling showing that court challenges to Obamacare are as tenuous as the Congressional repeal efforts have been politically ineffective, maybe cooler heads can now prevail and the focus can be on how to make health care coverage even more accessible and affordable in every state in the nation.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s signing of the 2015-16 state budget:
“The Governor’s signature is the next step for a prudent and progressive budget that will make California a better place to live, work and play. We are sending more money to schools, helping working families by expanding child care and preschool and establishing a state Earned Income Tax Credit, and we improve higher education funding and financial aid. The budget the Governor signed today makes important investments and pays down debt while adding to state reserves. It is not only a reflection of our state’s economic health, but a plan that will continue to help build California’s fiscal fitness.
“While the budget signed today is clearly the best one we’ve had in years, there is more work to do on Medi-Cal, DDS and infrastructure. Today, I will be appointing the members of the Assembly committees for the special sessions that have been called on health care and infrastructure. Those committees will take the lead in resolving the important issues still before us.”
SACRAMENTO—The California State Assembly today approved a revised version of the budget passed on Monday, which will now go to Governor Brown for action. If signed by July 1, this will be California’s fifth consecutive on-time, balanced budget.
“The budget we sent to the Governor today reflects many of the top priorities of Assembly Democrats,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This budget will reduce poverty, restore much-needed funding for schools and early childhood education, establish a state Earned Income Tax Credit that benefits over 2 million Californians and increases funding for higher education while building reserves and paying down debt. Although this budget addressed key issues, there is still more work to be done for the developmental disabilities community and on Medi-Cal rates, transportation and infrastructure, and I look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues, the Senate, and the Governor to resolve these important issues.”
SACRAMENTO – The Legislature and Governor on Tuesday reached an agreement on the 2015-16 state budget. Tomorrow, June 19, the Legislature will vote on the budget agreement and convene in two special sessions to reach timely, bipartisan and comprehensive solutions on infrastructure and health care.
The budget reflects Assembly Democrats’ priorities, including reducing poverty, restoring funding for schools and early childhood education, improving higher education funding, building reserves, and paying down debt.
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement regarding developmental disabilities program funding in the 2015-16 budget agreement:
“The Assembly and Senate included funding increases for developmental disabilities programs in each of the individual budgets we passed and in the joint budget conference committee agreement as well. In final negotiations with the Governor, however, it became clear that the funding increase, along with some other priorities, would have to be considered in a special session and not as part of the budget legislation. The Extraordinary Legislative Session on Health Care we will be convening on Friday includes developmental disabilities programs in its scope. Our commitment has not changed, only the venue.”
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the 2015-16 state budget agreement:
“Other than the budget the Assembly and Senate passed yesterday, this is the best budget we’ve seen in years. This version of the budget makes some very strong improvements for schools, higher education, child care and Medi-Cal services and creates a state Earned Income Tax Credit. But this is not a return to the bad old days of spending beyond our means. This budget builds total reserves by more than $4.6 billion and pays down $1.9 billion in debts. If revenues grow more in line with the LAO projection than with the Department of Finance numbers that this budget is based on, then reserves will grow even higher. But despite this being such a good budget, we know this is just one step and we have more work to do.”
Speaker Atkins on 2015-16 Budget Agreement
(Sacramento) – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Governor Brown and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León for a news conference to announce an agreement on the budget. “This version of the budget makes some very strong improvements for schools, higher education, child care and Medi-Cal services and creates a state Earned Income Tax Credit that will help lift Californians out of poverty,” said Speaker Atkins. “But this is not a return to the bad old days of spending beyond our means. This budget builds total reserves by more than $4.6 billion and pays down $1.9 billion in debts. If revenues grow more in line with the LAO projection than with the Department of Finance numbers that this budget is based on, then reserves will grow even higher.” Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.
“This bill brings California’s election recount process into the 21st century. Elections are a fundamental democratic principle and we must make every effort to ensure their integrity. I believe AB 44, will do just that.”
As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I know the importance of college affordability and safety. We must ensure students are provided with safe learning environments. In addition, students need transparency in higher education costs in order to make informed financial decisions for college."
"We know that students in foster care are more likely to achieve their full potential when they are provided services designed to meet their particular needs. It's imperative that foster youth get the support and resources they need to succeed academically."