Press Releases

Rail Safety bill passes out of Senate Committee

April 23, 2015

Bill requires minimum two–person train crews

SACRAMENTO—Legislation authored by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to protect communities along rail lines by requiring a safe crew size for trains operating within California secured passage from the Senate Labor Committee yesterday on a 4-1 vote.

Two drought preparedness water bills pass out of Senate Committees

April 15, 2015

Initial measures of six bill water policy package 

SACRAMENTO – Two water measures focused on saving water by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) passed out of committee yesterday.  Both bills received unanimous bipartisan support. These measures are part of a larger effort by Senator Wolk to improve water management, combat the effects of the drought and climate change in California, and conserve valuable water supplies. 

Measure to control concealed firearms on campus passes first hurdle

April 14, 2015

Wolk bill prohibits carrying concealed weapons on school or college grounds without approval of school or college authorities

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to restrict concealed weapons on school, college, and university campus grounds passed the Senate Public Safety Committee today on a 4-2 vote.

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?