November 2023 District Report
November 2023 District Report
A Message from Bill Dodd
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
As always, my office is available to help with a state agency or to answer any questions you might have. You can contact me by visiting my website.
In this Issue:
- Work For Warriors Program Honors Veterans
- California May Owe You Money
- Submit Your Ideas for Legislation
- In the News
Senator Bill Dodd, District 3
As we paid tribute to our nation's veterans on Nov.11, I was reminded of the sacrifices our active duty personnel, veterans and their families make for all of us and our country.
Did you know there are more veterans who call California home than any other state? Let us commemorate the service of our veterans, sharing their stories for future generations, and providing them with the quality services and benefits they have earned and deserve.
Please visit my website for veterans' resources, including job opportunities through California's Work for Warriors Program.
The state of California is holding over $8 billion in unclaimed property and money. Do you know how to claim your forgotten property?
California's Unclaimed Property Law requires "holders" such as banks, corporations, business associations, and insurance companies to annually report and deliver property to the State Controller's Office after there has been no customer contact for three years. Often the owner forgets that the account exists, moves and does not leave a forwarding address, or the forwarding order expires. In some cases, the owner dies and the heirs have no knowledge of the property.
I encourage you to see if you are owed money by visiting my website or by contacting the State Controller's office at (800) 992-4647. If there are any ways that I can assist you with state agencies or legislative matters, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Do you have an idea for a new law or a change to existing law that will help our state better serve the public? All constituents are invited to submit ideas and proposals of their own for a new state law.
The law can cover any issue, from something particular in our neighborhoods to something that can improve the quality of life throughout California. Previous ideas submitted to legislators have included laws that have cracked down on misleading advertising, a bill that enables individuals who vote by mail to confirm their ballots were counted, and a measure that created a pilot program to link the state’s community colleges with local chambers of commerce to promote business development and job creation.
What is your idea? If it is the one selected, you may have the opportunity to travel to Sacramento and testify before a Senate Committee on the merits of the bill. You can submit your ideas online by clicking here. Please include as much detail as possible.
Below are some of the latest news stories that may be of interest to you. As always, please contact my office if you have any questions about state policy or want to express your position or ideas for legislation.
- Are electric bikes allowed at your college in California? Depends on where you go to school
- 2 big takeaways from a state senator’s climate change exchange with France
- Veterans honored at Mare Island Naval Cemetery in Sunday ceremony
- Wildfire resilience summit address Napa Valley megafires, worsening insurance crisis