Press Releases

Monday, September 14, 2020

SONOMA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host a virtual town hall on emergency preparedness amid the dual challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and record-setting wildfires, providing an update on how the Legislature is addressing these serious problems.

The senator will be joined in the town hall broadcast live on KSVY/Sonoma TV and streamed across multiple channels by a panel of experts who will answer submitted questions and take calls from listeners.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Facing dual emergencies in the coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented wildfires, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, today recognized September as Preparedness Month and offered resources from the California Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and Department of Public Health.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Amid concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on nursing homes, the Legislature late Monday approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to allow seniors and people with disabilities to receive care in their homes, improving their lives and reducing their risk of exposure.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Heeding the call for greater access to maternity care, especially for women of color, the Legislature late Monday approved a bill from Sens. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles and Assemblymember Autumn Burke, D- Inglewood, to expand the role of nurse-midwives across California. Senate Bill 1237, sponsored by the California Nurse-Midwives Association and Black Women for Wellness, heads next to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature.

Monday, August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature today approved a bill co-authored by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would grant a one-year extension for newspapers to comply with the state’s new gig-worker law, protecting the industry from financial crisis while ensuring the future of employees and journalism.

Monday, August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – A proposal from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would allow UC Davis to sell wine made by viticulture and enology students, generating funds for the university during uncertain financial times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, was approved late Sunday by the Legislature.

Monday, August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature late Sunday approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to improve horse racing safety across California and build on reforms adopted last year.

“We must do everything possible to make horse racing safer for animals and jockeys, and this bill takes another step in that direction,” Sen. Dodd said. “I thank the Legislature for approving my plan, which will help ensure track conditions are right and horses are fit before they hit the starting gate.”

Monday, August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – With wildfires raging across the state, the Legislature late Sunday approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would aid in evacuations, authorizing municipalities to use European-style “hi-lo” sirens in emergency vehicles.

Friday, August 28, 2020

SACRAMENTO – A proposal from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would streamline residential insurance claims for victims of disasters such as wildfires passed the Legislature today with bipartisan support.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today on the destructive wildfires burning in five Northern California counties, including large parts of Senate District 3, known collectively as the LNU Lightning Complex fires:

“My thoughts are with first-responders as they risk life and limb to keep our communities safe,” Sen. Dodd said. “We need maximum resources to attack what has become a significant threat, leading to the evacuation of thousands of families. It is absolutely essential that people be prepared to evacuate and get out when told to do so.”