Press Releases

Thursday, May 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and members of the Senate Wildfire Working Group today unveiled a comprehensive legislative and budget package to address a growing wildfire crisis in California that has taken life and property with an average of 1.6 million acres burned each year.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will join fellow members of the Senate Wildfire Working Group in a virtual press conference Thursday to unveil a comprehensive wildfire preparedness and prevention bill package and discuss a landmark corresponding budget package -- all part the Senate’s Blueprint for a Fire Safe California. 

Sens. Mike McGuire and Susan Rubio co-chair the Wildfire Working Group, which includes Sens. Dodd, Henry Stern, Ben Allen, Monique Limón and Nancy Skinner as its members.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today on the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer:

“The tragic anniversary of George Floyd’s murder is a painful reminder of systemic racism in our country and the urgent need for police reform,” Sen. Dodd said. “We must work harder to end hate, ensure people of color are treated fairly by law enforcement and hold accountable those who violate their rights.”  

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to help California reduce its reliance on carbon-emitting generators during disaster-driven power outages by assisting the planning of micro-grids, with a priority on low-income communities.

Friday, May 21, 2021

SONOMA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host a virtual town hall June 1 on mental health during the pandemic featuring a panel discussion with experts from Stanford University, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Napa-based Mentis.

The town hall will be streamed live over multiple channels and broadcast on KSVY Sonoma. Panelists will take live and submitted questions.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that would help train law enforcement officers in their criminal investigations and public interactions, ensuring they uphold civil rights and treat people with dignity and respect.

“People deserve to be treated fairly and humanely by police officers and should not fear having their rights trampled,” said Sen. Dodd. “My bill will ensure officers are properly trained and the public isn’t subjected to demeaning or coercive tactics that can result in false confessions.”

Friday, May 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today upon the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised $267.8 billion budget, which invests money from an unprecedented surplus in pandemic recovery while supporting essential services such as schools, drought relief and wildfire protection.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today in response to an announcement from California Attorney General Rob Bonta that the Department of Justice would conduct a review of last year's fatal police shooting of Sean Monterrosa in Vallejo:

“I’ve been calling for an independent investigation of this tragic case since the beginning, and I am glad Attorney General Bonta has taken this necessary step,” said Sen. Dodd. “It’s crucial that we have a thorough and impartial review of the facts and get accountability for any wrongdoing.”

Thursday, May 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With the demand for reliable, high-speed internet service higher than ever, the California Senate today overwhelmingly approved legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would improve connectivity -- especially for low-income and underrepresented communities -- by removing local government roadblocks to the expansion of improved broadband service.

Monday, May 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today unanimously approved legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to assist restaurants struggling to recover from the pandemic by allowing them to sell to-go cocktails.

“If allowing restaurants to sell carry-out cocktails helps keep their doors open, we must do it,” Sen. Dodd said. “This is about preserving jobs and getting our economy back on track. I appreciate my Senate colleagues for their support.”