Press Releases

Friday, September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill today from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, requiring newly sold or installed electric garage door openers to be equipped with backup batteries. The new law will prevent people from being trapped in their garages during power failures such as those triggered by recent wildfires.

Friday, September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will help victims of disasters such as wildfires recover losses from their insurance companies. 

“Despite heavy insurance industry lobbying, I’m proud to say we have a new law that will help people rebuild their homes quickly and help communities recover,” Senator Dodd said. “I fought for greater reforms and I will continue my efforts to prevent insurance companies from denying policyholders the coverage they’ve paid for and deserve.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will prevent future firestorms like those that have become a staple of California’s year-round wildfire season while protecting electric utility ratepayers from bearing unfair recovery and improvement costs.

Friday, September 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will allow the Davis Joint Unified School District to waive its district parcel tax for teachers and school district employees, making housing more affordable to them.

“This new law will provide a small but meaningful incentive for public educators and school staff to live in the community of Davis where they work,” Senator Dodd said. “I thank Gov. Brown for recognizing teachers and the critical role they play in supporting their community.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Aspiring teachers will be allowed to take classes toward their credential on California community college campuses under legislation to reduce teacher shortages from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that was signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, adding “cyberterrorism” to the list of conditions that constitute a state of emergency under the California Emergency Services Act.

“It is essential that we have the tools necessary to defend our state from cyberterrorism and to assist in recovery efforts,” Senator Dodd said. “I applaud Gov. Brown for calling out this threat and protecting Californians from the loss that could result from attacks on private institutions and public services.”

Monday, September 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to encourage media literacy in public schools, ensuring students can discern legitimate information sources from advertising, political propaganda and falsehoods that abound on the internet.

“By giving students the proper tools to analyze the media they consume, we can empower them to make informed decisions,” Senator Dodd said.

Monday, September 17, 2018

 

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, authorizing the state to fund construction of the uncompleted phases of the Napa River flood protection project when there are no available federal funds.

“This important project is about safeguarding the people of Napa from a potential disaster caused by rising waters ,” Senator Dodd said. “I am proud to help see it to fruition.”

Friday, September 14, 2018

NAPA – Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host a public forum in Napa on September 28 to address important issues facing seniors – from healthcare to fraud prevention – and to inform people about the services available to them.

A panel of experts from government agencies and advocacy groups will give presentations. Attendees will be able to ask questions about state and local policy as well discuss issues affecting elder communities. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

DAVIS – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host a panel discussion at UC Davis on Sept. 24 to address challenges and opportunities in media literacy education. He and the group of academics, journalists and scholars will take on topics such as political propaganda on social media in the 2016 presidential election, the importance of a free press in supporting democracy and charges of “fake news” leveled at the mainstream media by President Donald Trump.