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Senate OKs bill to restore fair cost for veterans’ spouses to live at veterans homes

August 29, 2014

Wolk measure aiding Yountville Veterans Home residents receives bipartisan, unanimous vote

SACRAMENTO—On a bipartisan 33-0 vote, the State Senate voted Thursday to approve legislation to reverse a 2009-10 budget action that has caused considerable financial and personal hardship for numerous veterans and their spouses living at California’s homes for veterans. SB 1440 now moves to the Governor for his consideration.

Wolk bill to help preserve Bale Grist Mill sent to Governor on unanimous, bipartisan vote

August 27, 2014

Measure allows sale of flour produced at historic Napa County mill

SACRAMENTO—The Senate voted 35-0 today to approve Senate Bill 170 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to enable the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park in Napa County to sell its flour to help support park operations. The bill will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

In My Own Words

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?

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.