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Measure creates electronic registry for end-of-life care directives

December 02, 2014

Bill would provide health care providers immediate access to patients’ end-of-life orders  

SACRAMENTO — Legislation was introduced by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to provide health care professionals with access to an electronic record of their patients’ precise instructions for their end-of-life health care, ensuring immediate access to this critical information.

Napa legislators introduce earthquake relief bills

December 01, 2014

Wolk and Dodd partner to bring relief to earthquake impacted counties

Wolk commends state effort to provide tax relief for earthquake victims

October 31, 2014

State, federal agencies postpone tax deadlines for earthquake victims

SACRAMENTO  Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) applauded yesterday’s announcement by the California Franchise Tax Board that the state agency will postpone tax deadlines for California taxpayers affected by the 6.1 earthquake in August that caused damage extending into Solano and Sonoma Counties.

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?