Releases & Statements

Speaker Atkins Adds to Floor Leadership Team, Names Susan Talamantes Eggman Caucus Chair

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SACRAMENTO – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today named Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), as Democratic Caucus Chair, adding to her Floor Leadership Team on the first day of the 2015-2016 session.

Assemblymember Eggman was first elected to the Assembly in 2012.

Speaker Atkins announced the members of her Floor Team late last week. They are:

Majority Floor Leader

Hon. Chris Holden (D-Pasadena)

Assistant Majority Floor Leader

Hon. Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)

Speaker pro Tempore

Hon. Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco)

Assistant Speaker pro Tempore

Hon. David Chiu (D-San Francisco)

Majority Whip

Hon. Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)

Assistant Majority Whip

Hon. Evan Low (D-Campbell)

Assistant Majority Whip

Hon. Jim Cooper (D-Sacramento)

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California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Immigrant Leaders Applaud President Obama’s Administrative Relief for Immigrant Families

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SACRAMENTO – Tonight, President Obama announced his long-awaited executive actions to provide administrative relief for up to five million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, in addition to continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, grant the parents of U.S. citizen and Legal Permanent Resident children protection from deportation if they have resided in the country for at least five years. In order to qualify for relief, a background check must be passed and taxes must be paid.

California is home to more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. These are students at the top of their class and hardworking individuals making important contributions to the economy. They are all seeking to realize the California dream for their families. As a result of the President’s executive actions, many of these families will now be able to stay together, obtain work and education permits, and not be under the constant threat of deportation.

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Speaker Atkins Offers Plan to Reject Fee Hikes for California Students and Increase Funding for Higher Education

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced a plan that would reject proposed fee increases for in-state students at the University of California and instead provide UC with additional state funding coupled with greater UC efficiencies, higher enrollment of California students, a cap on out-of-state-students and an accelerated, reasonable fee increase for out-of-state students in line with other universities.

“The proposed fee increase of more than 25% is unacceptable—California students and their families have faced too many fee increases already,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “Instead, UC should work with the Legislature and Governor to get UC the money it needs to remain one of the state’s world-class assets, without harming the California students and families the university was created to serve.”

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Speaker Atkins Discusses Elections

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SACRAMENTO – Following yesterday’s 2014 midterm elections, Speaker Toni G. Atkins spoke with reporters about striking the right balance in the Assembly.

“Despite a strong Republican headwind, a record low turnout and a historically high number of seats to defend, the Assembly still retains a huge voting majority,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “California remains a very blue state, and overall voters have faith in the direction we’re headed.”

The Legislature’s biggest achievements – the water bond and the rainy day fund, were approved overwhelmingly by voters and did not depend on the Democratic supermajority. On December 1, 2014, the Democratic caucus will hold 52 seats in the Assembly.

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Over $37 million in Middle Class Tuition Assistance Still Available

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Assembly Budget Subcommittee Chairman calls upon
California Student Aid Commission to improve outreach efforts

REDONDO BEACH, CA - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, called upon the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to improve their outreach efforts to encourage more students to apply for the newly-created Middle Class Scholarship program.

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Update on Ebola

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State and local public health officials in California are monitoring the situation related to Ebola closely.  We are taking steps to keep Californians safe from the spread of this disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) criteria, at this time, there have been no patients admitted to California hospitals who are considered to be at high risk of Ebola.

State public health officials continue to believe the risk of the spread of Ebola in California is low, even as the situation is evolving.

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Speaker Atkins: California’s Homeless Veterans will be Better Served with Almost $53 Million from VA

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SACRAMENTO – California’s homeless veterans will be better served this year due to almost $53 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grant awards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“As we work to end veterans homelessness it will take a real partnership between the State of California, the federal government, and the non-profit organizations dedicated to serving our veterans,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “This funding from the Veterans Administration will help several outstanding organizations in California who are working hard to make sure everyone who put on the uniform has a roof over their head.”

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