Press Releases

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa will host a town hall meeting Nov. 19 in Napa to discuss continued concern over wildfire safety and recent widespread electric power shutoffs by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

“We must keep our communities safe, and the way PG&E has responded is unacceptable,” said Sen. Dodd. “I’m calling for fundamental change to the governance, control and oversight of the troubled utility.”

Monday, October 28, 2019

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today after the California Public Utility Commission announced it would investigate whether public safety power shutoffs are being handled appropriately by utilities:

Friday, October 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today applications are now being accepted for next fall’s California Senate Fellows program, an 11-month, on-the-job training opportunity for college graduates offering valuable legislative experience and excellent preparation for many public- and private-sector careers.

Friday, October 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, today commended Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for advocating on behalf of 2017 wildfire survivors to persuade 26 insurance companies to voluntarily extend temporary living expense benefits beyond the two-year requirement.

“I appreciate the insurance commissioner for joining us in pushing the industry to do the right thing,” Sen. Dodd said. “It shouldn’t be so hard. But I’m glad the companies that did finally came around.”

Thursday, October 17, 2019

NOTE: Due to wildfires in Northern California, this Oct. 31 hearing in Lodi is canceled.

SACRAMENTO – Leaders of the California Assembly and Senate select committees on the state’s $57 billion wine industry will hold a joint informational hearing Oct. 31 in Lodi.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today the completion of a busy 2019 legislative session with 16 bills signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom – the highest number from any single California lawmaker this year.

“We’ve tackled some important issues but the work goes on,” Sen. Dodd said. “They key is to maintain our progress on making California a better place to live and work. And we have plenty of challenges left to address.”

Monday, October 14, 2019

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today regarding responses to last week’s PG&E power shutoff from Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Public Utilities President Marybel Batjer:

Monday, October 14, 2019

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today that Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his legislation to allow the construction of low-income housing under the Napa Pipe mixed-use development.

“Thanks to Gov. Newsom for signing this bill, which allows the county and city to work together to address our housing shortage,” Sen. Dodd said. “Napa is now a step closer to getting this long-sought project, which will help bring affordable and market-rate housing for our workforce and reduce commute traffic.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

NAPA, CA – Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, released the following statement on the massive PG&E power shutoff:

“It’s beyond frustrating that we’re in this situation. Public safety power shutoffs have a role to play when they’re needed to prevent massive wildfires and the huge human and economic costs we’ve seen in recent years. However, many of my constituents are disturbed that the power was shut down before the winds started to pick up in the North Bay.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed a law authored by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to reduce the cost of road projects using federal transportation funds, allowing more improvements with the same amount of money.

“My bill would streamline an often duplicative and bureaucratic process, making every transportation dollar count,” Sen. Dodd said. “We can use that savings to expand both the number and quality of projects, providing Californians with the good roads they deserve.”