Press Releases

“End of Life Option Act” Clears First Committee

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to expand end of life options available to Californians passed out of the Senate Health Committee on a 6 to 2 vote today.  Senate Bill (SB) 128, the End of Life Option Act, will allow a mentally competent, terminally ill adult in California in the final stages of life to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician.  SB 128 now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

New Video Testimony from Brittany Maynard Released Supporting End of Life Option Legislation

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today the family of Brittany Maynard released new video testimony from Brittany in support of aid-in-dying legislation.  Ms. Maynard wrote the testimony and recorded the video for California Legislators before her death in November, 2014.

Senator Wolk to honor Napa, Sonoma County Women of the Year

March 24, 2015

Two women to receive honor at Friday ceremony

NAPA – Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) will honor Dr. Geni Bennetts of Napa County and Elece Hempel of Sonoma County as the Third Senate District’s Women of the Year.  

Every March, the Senate celebrates Women’s History Month by honoring women whose contributions improve lives in their communities, a tradition dating back to 1987.  

SB 174 Receives Bi-partisan Support from Senate Human Services Committee

March 24, 2015

Two-year pilot programs in Sacramento and Yolo Counties to be funded and evaluated

SACRAMENTO—Senate Bill 174, authored by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) passed out of the Senate Committee on Human Services with a 5-0 vote.  The bill would establish a two-year pilot project in the County of Sacramento and the County of Yolo for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of crisis nurseries in lowering the incidence of child abuse in those counties. 

Senator Wolk applauds drought relief package

March 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO–Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) issued the following statement today regarding the proposed $1 billion drought relief legislation:

“I applaud the Governor, President Pro Tem, and Speaker for working together and delivering an important drought relief package.

This drought package responds to the current conditions with food assistance and emergency water supplies to communities that have dire water shortages right now. It also provides funding for communities to develop drought and climate resilient water supplies that will help California in the future.

Senator Feinstein endorses California End of Life Option Act

March 17, 2015

70 current and former California elected officials join growing list of supporters

SACRAMENTO— Authors of California’s  End of Life Option Act, a bill to authorize the medical practice of aid-in-dying in California, today announced the support of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Senator Wolk presented award by President Janet Napolitano during UC Day at the State Capitol

March 12, 2015

Wolk recognized for role in establishing the UC Legislative Roundtable 

SACRAMENTO — On Tuesday, March 10th, during University of California’s UC Day at the California State Capitol, Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) was given an award by UC President Janet Napolitano in recognition of her founding role establishing the UC Legislative Roundtable. Senator Wolk’s Co-Chair, Assemblymember Donald Wagner (R-Irvine) was also recognized.

Wolk and Dodd team up to provide Napa Earthquake tax relief

February 25, 2015

Senate committee passes bill for tax relief to earthquake victims

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to aid residents and businesses affected by the August 24, 2014 South Napa Earthquake earned a 6-0 vote in the Senate’s Governance & Finance Committee today.

Senator Wolk to chair Senate Wine Committee

February 25, 2015

SACRAMENTO—Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) has been appointed to chair the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry. The committee will develop policy to sustain and support the health of the industry. 

“California’s wine industry is a critical contributor to our state’s economy. California's wine industry is facing many challenges including the effects of climate change, decreased resources for water and changing market conditions,” said Senator Wolk. 

Senator Wolk introduces SB 234 to pay outstanding debt to counties

February 17, 2015

Bipartisan-authored measure appropriates $19 million to make late payments

SACRAMENTO—Senate Bill 234, authored by State Senators Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) was introduced on Friday.  The bill will appropriate $19 million from the State’s General Fund to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for its use in fulfilling outstanding Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments owed to counties.