by Brian Leubitz
We’ve known Toni Atkins was going to be our next speaker for a while now, but the date of transition was something of a mystery. Now we have that answer:
The Assembly will have a new speaker May 12.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) was designated speaker-elect in an Assembly vote two weeks ago.
Multiple Capitol sources confirm that on Wednesday, current Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced at an Assembly Democratic caucus meeting that the transition will take place in about six weeks. (LA Times)
Her first big task? Well, that would be the budget. The May revise will come out right around that date, so her team will need to be ready to respond from day 1. A thrilling way to hit the ground running, I suppose.