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by Kate Larsen, KGO 7
NAPA, Calif. (KGO) --
Your garage could be a deadly obstacle during an emergency. A North Bay lawmaker is trying to put a bill on the books to help you escape your home in the event of a disaster.
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SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced a bill to improve safety during power outages by requiring newly sold or installed garage door motors to have a battery backup. The bill comes in the wake of devastating wildfires that left numerous evacuees and victims unable to open their garage doors to flee the flames.
The application period for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to access most financial aid, is now open. Paying for college can be difficult, but California has always been a leader in providing eligible students with an affordable college education.
The Senate passed Senator Dodd’s SJR 15 with unanimous bipartisan support. The measure urges Congress and the President to swiftly pass a long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), with no strings attached. CHIP is a lifeline for 1.3 million California children, providing them with critical health insurance and care.
SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced a bill to reduce the risk of wildfires caused by downed power lines. The bill requires electric utilities to adopt comprehensive policies and procedures for proactively de-energizing power lines during extreme weather.
SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced new insurance reform legislation aimed at helping victims of wildfires and other major disasters. The legislation comes following the spate of devastating wildfires up and down the state, including the Tubbs, Atlas and Nuns fires in Senator Dodd’s district.
SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) issued the following statement today on the announcement of Governor Brown’s proposed 2018-19 state budget: