Press Releases

Drought preparedness water bills earn key committee’s support

July 14, 2015

Wolk bills improve water management, conserve valuable water supplies

SACRAMENTO – Three bills by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) focused on saving water passed out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee today.

Wolk’s Senate Bill 7 requires the installation of submeters in new multifamily residential buildings, encouraging responsible water consumption and conservation by providing residents accurate information about the volume and cost of their water usage.

Agriculture Climate Benefits Act earns support

July 13, 2015

Wolk bill to support agricultural solutions to climate change moves forward

SACRAMENTO—The Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee today approved Senate Bill 367 by Senator Lois Wolk (Davis) to provide California’s farmers and ranchers greater opportunities to reduce their greenhouse gas emission reductions and adapt to the state’s changing climate.

Wolk bill establishing statewide registry of end-of-life orders moves forward

July 08, 2015

Committee OKs bipartisan bill giving emergency care providers access to digital forms 

SACRAMENTO—The Assembly Health Committee voted unanimously yesterday to approve legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to provide health care professionals with access to a secure, electronic, record of their patients’ precise instructions for their end-of-life health care, ensuring immediate access to this critical information.

In My Own Words

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.

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?