Sen. Dodd Reappointed Chair of Key Senate Committee

Friday, December 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, was reappointed today to the chair of the powerful Senate Governmental Organization committee, which oversees a wide array of important policy areas – from emergency services to alcoholic beverage laws.

“I’m honored to continue my leadership role on a committee that is charged with shaping policy in so many vital areas,” Sen. Dodd said. “Recent wildfires across the state make oversight of disaster services policy absolutely critical. And of course, California’s dominance in the wine and craft beer industries makes legislation in those areas highly relevant.  I thank Sen. Atkins for putting me in a spot where I can do the most for my district and our entire state.”

Sen. Dodd made a substantial impact in the role last year, co-authoring legislation to improve emergency alerts for major disaster such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires. Also, he wrote the law that adds “cyberterrorism” to the list of conditions for which the governor could declare a state of emergency. And he was successful in getting tens of millions of dollars to bolster the state’s mutual aid firefighting system.

In addition to emergency services and alcohol regulation, the Governmental Organization committee oversees more than two-dozen diverse policy areas including state contracts, tribal compacts, state property, interstate agreements, seismic safety, the lottery, horse racing and gaming.



Senator Bill Dodd represents California’s 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa counties. You can learn more about Senator Dodd at