Press Releases

Wolk, Dodd measure to provide Earthquake Tax Relief moves forward

June 22, 2015

Bill to aid affected residents, businesses earns unanimous, bipartisan support 


SACRAMENTO -- Legislation coauthored by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to aid residents and businesses in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties affected by the August 24, 2014 South Napa Earthquake earned the unanimous, bipartisan approval of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee today.

Chair of Senate Budget Resources, Transportation Subcommittee applauds state budget

June 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO—Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) issued the following comment today following the Legislature’s approval of the State’s 2015-16 Budget. Wolk is Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, and one of the lead authors of Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:

Senate Passes End of Life Option Act

June 04, 2015

SB 128 now moves on to the Assembly

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 128: The End of Life Option Act, by Senators Wolk and Monning, passed off the Senate Floor today with a vote of 23-14. SB 128 would allow mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their dying process.

Agriculture Climate Benefits Act passes off Senate Floor with bipartisan support

June 03, 2015

SB 367 recognizes the need for agricultural solutions to climate change

SACRAMENTO – A measure by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), one of eleven bills that make up the Senate’s California Climate Leadership package secured passage from the Senate today on a bipartisan 33-2 vote. SB 367 ensures that California’s farmers have maximum opportunities to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by developing projects and on-farm practices that would also provide environmental and health benefits.

State Senate passes campus gun safety bill

June 01, 2015

Law enforcement backed bill limits concealed weapons on school and college campuses

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses passed the State Senate today on a 23-12 vote.  The measure, SB 707, would prohibit concealed weapons carriers from bringing their firearm on campus without permission from campus authorities. 

Wolk Water Package passes off the Senate Floor

June 01, 2015

Water measures focused on water, energy efficiency and drinking water for all

SACRAMENTO – Three water measures focused on efficiency and equity by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) passed off of the Senate Floor today.  These measures encompass an effort by Senator Wolk to improve water management, combat the effects of the drought and climate change and conserve valuable water supplies in California.

Bipartisan Measure to Bring Federal Funding for School Services Moves Ahead

June 01, 2015

Bill passes off the Senate Floor with Unanimous Support

SACRAMENTO—SB 276, a measure by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) that would allow Local Educational Agencies (LEA) to receive reimbursement for all services provided to all Medi-Cal eligible students, including; school nursing services, mental health and counseling services, and physical therapy and speech therapy services, secured passage from the Senate Floor today with a 37-0 vote.

End of Life Option Act Moves Forward

May 28, 2015

Bill Passes out of Senate Appropriations on a 5-2 vote

SACRAMENTO – Today SB 128: The End of Life Option Act, by Senators Wolk and Monning, passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote. The bill had been placed on the suspense file for a routine fiscal impact assessment and was released today with a number of other bills. 

California Medical Association Removes Opposition to Physician Aid in Dying Bill

May 20, 2015

Senator Wolk calls position change a major breakthrough

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced it has become one of the first state medical associations in the nation to remove its historic opposition to physician aid-in-dying. With this announcement, the organization has now officially taken a neutral position on SB 128 - The End of Life Option Act (Wolk). 

Law enforcement groups back amended campus concealed weapons bill

May 12, 2015

Amendments exempt honorably retired peace officers from campus ban

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses has earned broad support from law enforcement groups after recent amendments retained the current ability of honorably retired officers to carry a concealed firearm on campus grounds.