Sen. Dodd Announces Online Wine Auction Bill

Monday, February 14, 2022

SACRAMENTO – In response to the pandemic and the rapid growth of virtual events, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced legislation today that would expand the ability of business associations and nonprofit groups to conduct online wine auctions, increasing fundraising potential and contributing to California’s economic recovery.

“Expanding the ability to hold these online auctions makes perfect sense given the technology that has emerged during the pandemic to keep us safe,” Sen. Dodd said. “My bill would allow groups to step up this much-needed fundraising, improving our economy and charitable giving.”

Sen. Dodd’s new bill applies to registered nonprofits and trade organizations. It expands the number of times both groups can hold annual fundraising auctions. Also, it allows trade groups to conduct online auctions for up to 15 consecutive days instead of two days under current law.

The bill is sponsored by Napa Valley Vintners with expected support from numerous nonprofit groups.

“This bill supports the evolution of non-profit fundraising auctions which include the sale of wine or beer, to now occur over a multi-day period, which is needed in today’s robust e-commerce landscape and ultimately allows for expanded fundraising potential for all non-profits,” said Linda Reiff, president and CEO of Napa Valley Vintners.



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