Press Releases

Legislature adopts fiscally-sound budget, Napa County jail secures funding

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Late this afternoon both houses of the legislature adopted the 2016-17 State Budget which included $20 million in funding for the Napa County jail and $5 million for the California Firearm Violence Research Center.

Authors’ Statement on End of Life Option Act Enactment

June 09, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA)  - The joint authors of California’s End of Life Option Act, Assemblymember Susan Talemantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis), released the following statement on the enactment of the End of Life Option Act today:  

“Today is a historic day for Californians who are terminally ill and want an additional option to those that previously existed.  The End of Life Option Act is now law and available to terminally ill Californians.

Bill to protect state’s aquifers, groundwater moves forward

June 02, 2016

Wolk bill to provide safe drinking water to disadvantaged communities also approved 

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– The State Senate approved two water measures by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) today, including legislation to protect California’s aquifers and groundwater resources from permanent damage due to overdraft. Both bills will next be heard in the State Assembly. 

Effort to establish Inner Coast Range Program moves forward

June 02, 2016

Bill safeguards the natural, historic and cultural attributes of 13 inner coast counties 

(SACRAMENTO, CA)–The State Senate voted 24-12 today to approve legislation by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to protect and preserve the geological, historic and cultural attributes of 13 counties along the Northern Inner Coast Range.

Senate Bill 1396 would establish the Inner Coast Range Program within the Wildlife Conservation Board, the state agency that administers a capital outlay program for wildlife conservation and related public recreation.

Senate OKs bill to increase effectiveness of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs

May 31, 2016

Wolk bill will help increase code compliance to increase energy efficiency, protect consumers

(SACRAMENTO)–Today, on a 27 – 7 bipartisan vote, the State Senate approved Senate Bill 1414 by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to increase the effectiveness of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs, which are critical to the State’s energy and environmental policies.

In wake of Flint, state moves to improve water systems for disadvantaged communities

May 23, 2016

Bill to provide safe drinking water and wastewater service for all Californians moves forward

SACRAMENTO–Legislation to prevent ongoing drinking water contamination like that seen in Flint, Michigan, from harming families in disadvantaged communities throughout California was approved today on a 4-2 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will next be heard by the full Senate.

Senate supports Wolk bill to protect students’ right to a safe, secure campus

May 20, 2016

Approves bill to allow involuntary transfer of students convicted of violent crimes

SACRAMENTO–The State Senate voted 35-0 Monday to approve legislation by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to protect students by allowing the transfer of pupils convicted of violent crimes    such as felony battery, rape, kidnapping and attempted murder.

Senate supports establishing UC Firearm Violence Research Center

May 19, 2016

Approves bill to fill gap created by Congressional limit on federally funded research

SACRAMENTO–The State Senate voted 24-14 today to establish a Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, filling the gap left by Congressional restrictions on firearms research.

Senate approves Wolk climate change measure

May 10, 2016

Bill supports role of farms, parks, other open spaces in state’s climate change goals

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– On a bipartisan 26-7 vote yesterday, the State Senate approved a measure by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to promote the protection and management of natural and working lands as part of California’s ongoing efforts to meet its climate change goals.

Delta legislators to request state audit of Twin Tunnels

May 09, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman announced on Monday that they will request a state audit of California Water Fix, the new name for a very old project to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.