California Update for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018

Toni Atkins is sworn in as California Assembly Speaker May 12, 2014.
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• The California Senate will swear in its first ever female leader Wednesday — and its first openly gay leader too. San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins takes the oath as Senate President pro Tem at a unique moment for the state.

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• In San Francisco Wednesday the nation's first-ever court hearing on the science of climate change will take place. Major oil companies will answer questions like what created the ice age and what are the sources that cause the planet to warm.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ezra David Romero.