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In wake of Flint, state moves to improve water systems for disadvantaged communities

May 23, 2016

Bill to provide safe drinking water and wastewater service for all Californians moves forward

SACRAMENTO–Legislation to prevent ongoing drinking water contamination like that seen in Flint, Michigan, from harming families in disadvantaged communities throughout California was approved today on a 4-2 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will next be heard by the full Senate.

In wake of Flint, state moves to improve water systems for disadvantaged communities

May 23, 2016

Bill to provide safe drinking water and wastewater service for all Californians moves forward

SACRAMENTO–Legislation to prevent ongoing drinking water contamination like that seen in Flint, Michigan, from harming families in disadvantaged communities throughout California was approved today on a 4-2 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will next be heard by the full Senate.

Senate supports Wolk bill to protect students’ right to a safe, secure campus

May 20, 2016

Approves bill to allow involuntary transfer of students convicted of violent crimes

SACRAMENTO–The State Senate voted 35-0 Monday to approve legislation by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to protect students by allowing the transfer of pupils convicted of violent crimes    such as felony battery, rape, kidnapping and attempted murder.

In My Own Words

San Francisco Chronicle: Time for Plan B to save the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta

April 07, 2016

By Lois Wolk

After years of spending millions of water ratepayer and taxpayer dollars on a flawed plan to build tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, it’s time to develop a realistic and cost-effective plan to save the delta and address the state’s water supply needs. It’s time for Plan B.

Davis Enterprise: Two good measures for state’s long-term health

October 26, 2014

By Lois Wolk

Since I first came to the Legislature in 2003, I have been focused on two big issues: water and budget reform.

I’ll admit it has been frustrating at times, on both fronts. Changing the status quo is never easy, especially when dealing with powerful entrenched interests that are skeptical of any change in a system they see as working just fine for themselves, even if not for the greater good.

Contra Costa Times: Delta-friendly water bond is a win for all of California

August 23, 2014

By Sen. Lois Wolk

Two years ago, I introduced a measure to replace the doomed pork-laden water bond from 2009 with a trim, focused and noncontroversial bond that could win voter support and address California's critical water needs, without threatening the Delta region by funding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the Delta tunnels.

Last week, after months of pushing and pulling and tough negotiating -- with an injection of leadership from Gov. Jerry Brown -- the Legislature finished that work and put a new $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.