Press Releases

Governor signs bill enabling sale of UC Davis wine

September 26, 2016

Prevents waste of student-made wine, creates revenue for university

(Sacramento, CA)-Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) enabling UC Davis’s Viticulture and Enology Department to sell wine made by its students, which was otherwise being discarded. 

Governor signs landmark bill to submeter all new apartments, multifamily residences

September 26, 2016

Bill will help renters and property owners conserve water

SACRAMENTO – Today, after a four-year effort, the Governor signed a landmark measure by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to encourage responsible water use and conservation by requiring water meters and submeters in new apartment and other multifamily residential buildings. 

Governor signs bill to improve quality of life for veterans

September 21, 2016

Legislation strengthens oversight, streamlines distribution of funds to benefit veterans home residents

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to provide stronger oversight and fairer distribution of funds to provide for the welfare of veterans living in California’s eight veterans’ homes.

In My Own Words

The Sacramento Bee: SB 877 would give California answers to many violent deaths

September 15, 2016

By Lois Wolk and Richard Pan

Special to The Bee

Somebody’s friend, parent or child – an average of 16 people each day – dies violently in California. These deaths are investigated by police, coroners, doctors and others. There may be a story in the newspaper or on television at which we shake our heads at the tragedy of it all. But it doesn’t have to stop there; we can prevent violent deaths if we have the data to understand the root causes.

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.