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Today's Events: 11/29/2016

2015-16 Legislative Session

The next Senate Floor Session will convene Monday, December 5, 2016, at 12 noon.

Message from the Senate President pro Tempore

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Kevin de LeónThank you for visiting the California Senate’s website. An engaged citizenry is the bedrock of a thriving democracy. To facilitate that participation, we hope you’ll visit our new live-streaming option where for the first time you can view all regularly scheduled hearings within the Capitol from your own computer, tablet or smart phone. We recognize not everyone can get to Sacramento to participate in the legislative process, so we'll bring those hearings to you.

Kevin de León
Senate President pro Tempore

Photos of the Week

  • Retiring Senator Bob Huff and his wife Mei Mei share a laugh following colleagues' tribute to his service.

  • Retiring Senators Mark Leno, Lois Wolk, Fran Pavley, Marty Block, Carol Liu, and Loni Hancock wave goodbye on the last night of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.  

  • Senators Holly Mitchell and Isadore Hall introduce Congressman Jim Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader and the third ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski, Benjamin Allen, Fran Pavley and President pro Tem Kevin de León participate in a roundtable discussion with Senators from the Commission on Sustainable Development of the National Senate of France.

  • The California Senate mourns the loss of Gregory Schmidt, long-time Secretary of the Senate, who passed away only two years after retiring.   Schmidt's legislative career spanned forty years, and he served as the top Senate staffer for eighteen.

  • Senator John Moorlach introduces Olympic medalist, Shirley Babashoff on the Senate floor.

  • Senators John Moorlach and Janet Nguyen recognize eight-time Olympic medalist, Shirley Babashoff for accomplishments and service to community.  Ms. Babashoff set six world records and earned a total of eight individual Olympic medals in her career.

  • Senator Jim Nielsen recognizes Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Valerity Chaly, Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco, Sergiy Aloshyn, Consul of Ukraine in San Francisco, Oleksandr Krotenko, and Governor of Ukraine's Odessa Oblast, Mikheil Saakashvili, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Day

  • Senators Jim Nielsen, Minority Leader Jean Fuller and President pro Tempore Kevin de León meet with a delegation from Ukraine.

  • Senator Ed Hernandez meets with representatives from Cal Fire outside of the Senate chamber.

  • Senator Bob Huff presents a resolution representatives of Boys Republic in recognition of their program that helps troubled teens.

  • Board of Equalization Member and former Senator George Runner is surrounded by loved ones at the Senate's memorial service for Senator Sharon Runner.

  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy delivers the Eulogy at the memorial service for Senator Runner

  • The Senate mourns the loss of Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) who died of respiratory complications on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 62 years old.  Senator Runner served in both Assembly and the Senate.  She is survived by her husband George, son Micah and daughter-in-law Sandy, daughter Rebekah and son-in-law James, and grandchildren Raider, Hailey, James and Paxton.

  • Ethan Dean is carried on the shoulders of his father, Ken, while hundreds of onlookers cheer.  Ethan has cystic fibrosis and, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation was able to experience what it's like to be a garbage truck driver.  He collected trash and recyclables on a special route through Sacramento, culminating in a hero's welcome at the state Capitol.

  • Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg points out the throng of well-wishers gathered on the Capitol grounds.

  • French Honorary Consul Guy MIchelier addresses the crowd gathered in support for the victims of the recent attack in Nice, France. 

  • On the 8th day of his pushup challenge to bring awareness to veteran suicides, Senator Steve Glazer is joined by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Sacramento Police Officer and Veteran, Michelle Lazark.

  • Senators Steve Glazer, Mark Leno, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Jerry Hill, Anthony Cannella, Ben Hueso and Ted Gaines participate in the 22 push-up challenge to promote awareness of the high rate of American veterans' suicides.


  • Senator Richard Pan congratulates the four California Senate Staff Alumni Association college scholarship winners for 2016.  From left: Julian Matocq, Harper Campbell Salley-Gray, Senator Pan, Carla Isabel Raygoza and Kyle Reagan Maw.

  • Senator Jim Beall congratulates the San Jose Sharks for their 25th season and for winning the 2015-2016 Western Conference Championship. 

  • Senators Bob Wieckowski, Bob Huff, Carol Liu, Fran Pavley, Richard Pan and Ted Gaines welcome a delegation of members of the Committee on Cultural Affairs of the National Parliament of Denmark

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses a joint convention of the California Legislature on Monday, June 20, 2016.

  • The Dalai Lama is escorted into the Assembly Chamber by an escort committee which includes Senators Jean Fuller and Janet Nguyen.

  • Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblywoman Marie Waldron greet the Dalai Lama as he is escorted through the Assembly chamber.

  • Senator John Moorlach greets the Dalai Lama in the Senate chamber

  • The Dalai Lama shares a meal and a blessing with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León

  • The Dalai Lama is greeted by Senator Janet Nguyen upon his arrival to the Stanford Mansion in Sacramento.

  • President pro Tem of the Senate Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama into the California state Capitol.

  • The Dalai Lama waves to supporters gathered outside the Capitol

  • Senators Connie Leyva and Mike Morrell present a resolution to the California Department of Public Health's San Bernardino Response Team who provided emergency assistance after the Inland Regional Center shooting in December, 2015. 

  • Senator Tony Mendoza introduces and congratulates high school students participating in the Young Senators Leadership Program for 2016.

  • Senators Mark Leno, Bill Monning, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Richard Pan, Cathleen Galgiani, Bob Huff, Tom Berryhill and John Moorlach welcome visitors from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and the Japan Business Association of Southern California.

  • Senators bow their heads during a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

  • The Rainbow flag flies next to the California Bear Flag in a show of support and solidarity with the LGBT community.

  • Senator Bill Monning adjourned the Session in the memory of Helen Chavez, wife of labor leader Cesar Chavez. 

  • Senator Hernandez welcomes members of the CSMR for California State Military Reserve Capitol Day.  From Left: Colonel Darrin Bender, Colonel Mirtha Villarreal-Younger, Brigadier General Frank Emanuel, Senator Ed Hernandez, Sergeant Major Daniel DeGeorge, Major Bonnie Davis-Grunseth, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ralph Cansimbe.

  • Senator Richard Pan congratulates students from Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School (Sacramento) who placed first and second in the 2016 Science Olympiad National Tournament.

  • Senator Nielsen presents a resolution to members of the California State Park Rangers Association in honor of their 150th anniversary.

  • Senator Mendoza welcomed the Honorable Nuno Mathias, Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco, along with members of the American-Portuguese community in recognition of Portugal Day in California.

  • Senators Richard Pan and Tony Mendoza welcomed members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to the Senate floor.

  • Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller is joined by Senators Andy Vidak, Connie Leyva, Patrica Bates and Jim Nielsen in welcoming Miss Orange Coast, Izamar Olaguez to the Senate floor.

  • Senator Tony Mendoza presented a resolution in support of the 150th Anniversary of the ‪Buffalo Soldiers‬ and their service to our country.

  • Senator Marty Block welcomed California State University mascots to the Senate floor.

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