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New Wolk bill funds emergency response to rail accidents involving hazardous materials

July 02, 2014

Responds to increased crude oil rail shipments planned through Benicia, Capitol Corridor

SACRAMENTO—In light of a proposal to expand shipments of crude oil by train through Benicia, the Capitol Corridor, and other heavily-populated areas of the California, Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) introduced a measure today to provide funding for adequate local emergency response to accidents and spills involving rail transports of crude oil and other hazardous materials.

AB 578 Co-Authored by Senator Wolk Passes Committee with Bi-Partisan Support

June 27, 2014

Crisis Nursery bill to establish pilot projects in Davis and Sacramento

SACRAMENTO—AB 578, authored by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) passed the Senate Committee on Human Services on Tuesday with a bi-partisan, 4-0 vote.  The bill would establish a two-year pilot project in the County of Sacramento and the County of Yolo for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of crisis nurseries in lowering the incidence of child abuse in those counties.

Republicans block Senate Democrats “no tunnels” water bond

June 24, 2014

Bill falls short of votes as Republicans demand funding for Delta tunnels

SACRAMENTO— The State Senate’s Democrats yesterday all lined up in support of a new water bond authored by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), but the measure, SB 848, failed to gain the required two-thirds vote due to Republican opposition and demands that the measure include more funding to enable the construction of two tunnels underneath the Delta to divert water to farming interests in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

In My Own Words

San Diego Union Tribune: State needs cost-effective water bond

November 23, 2013

By Lois Wolk

The Legislature will return to Sacramento in January and will immediately face a trio of questions about water.

Can California break the gridlock and move forward on investing in a sustainable water supply for our future?

Can legislators from every region of the state come together on an affordable plan that benefits everyone?

Can we find common ground on the highest priority solutions that support local and regional self-reliance while we avoid the expensive and controversial large-scale boondoggles that voters will reject?

San Francisco Chronicle: Let public review bills before vote

March 15, 2013

By Lois Wolk and Kristin Olsen

Each year the California Legislature considers thousands of proposed new laws. After extensive public review and input in multiple committees in both houses, the Legislature approves several hundred of these laws that go to the governor for his signature. At least that's what is supposed to happen.

Sacramento Bee, Viewpoints: Water challenges need a viable bond measure

December 19, 2012

By Lois Wolk
Special to the Bee

Too often in California, urgent water needs are neglected as political posturing prevents reasonable, consensus-based solutions from moving forward.