Press Releases

Friday, August 18, 2023

SACRAMENTO – A bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would halt the installation of TikTok and all other high-risk social media applications on state-owned or issued equipment, including cell phones, cleared a key committee vote on Wednesday. The bill is an effort to boost cybersecurity in the face of unprecedented attacks on government devices.

Monday, August 14, 2023

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature today adopted the nation’s first artificial intelligence-drafted resolution – a measure expressing the state’s commitment to examining and implementing specified principles related to the use of AI.

“This is significant step toward ensuring California is at the forefront of responsible AI deployment and use,” Sen. Dodd said. “The principles outlined here will help protect the rights of the public while leveraging the benefits of AI. I appreciate the bipartisan support of my colleagues.”

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

VALLEJO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host an open house Aug. 2 at his Vallejo district office with U.S. Rep. John Garamendi.

The in-person event is an opportunity for the public to meet Sen. Dodd and Rep. Garamendi, discuss key issues in the North Bay and learn about state and federal services.

What: Vallejo Open House with Sen. Dodd and Rep. John Garamendi

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 2

Where: 420 Virginia St. Suite 1C, Vallejo, CA 94590

RSVP optional

Friday, July 14, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, in partnership with Secretary of State Shirley Weber, to increase transparency in presidential elections, helping to ensure the integrity of the democratic process.

“Now more than ever, we must ensure our presidential elections are fair and transparent,” Sen. Dodd said.  “With Gov. Newsom’s signing of my bill, we protect the free election process that has become a bulwark of democracy. In a time of rising polarization and division, it will bring additional safeguards to this important tradition.”

Thursday, July 13, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Legislation has advanced from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would allow the continuation of 50-50 raffles at major league sports stadiums – an important fundraising tool for nonprofits.

“This bill supporting charitable raffles provides an important funding tool for a host of organizations benefiting youth and the underserved,” Sen. Dodd said. “Over the years, these raffles have raised millions for a diverse group of charitable organizations throughout the state. This approval is a step toward ensuring that continues.”

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Legislation advanced from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, in partnership with Attorney General Rob Bonta and Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would outlaw hidden charges on purchases – also known as junk fees --  ensuring consumers are not exposed to deceptive business practices that add unfair costs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Legislation has advanced from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would add large juice bottles to California’s recycling program, reducing the amount of plastic and glass going into landfills and helping to stabilize the recycling market.

Monday, July 10, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, released the following statement today on the signing of an infrastructure and climate package advanced by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature:

Friday, July 7, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Legislation advanced from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would place limits on the amount of money that can be donated to candidates for school boards and special district offices, ensuring fairness in local elections.

“My bill puts a cap on donations to ensure fairness while encouraging a more diverse field that is more reflective of the population,” Sen. Dodd said. “Getting big money out of elections for smaller community offices is essential. These well-financed campaigns favor the wealthy at the exclusion of grassroots candidates and people of color.”

SB 329 Allows First City Council Pay Cap Increases Since 1984

Friday, June 30, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today he reached a career milestone with the signing by Gov. Gavin Newsom of  his 100th bill – a measure to boost participation and diversity on California city councils by allowing the first council pay cap increases in nearly four decades, bringing salaries more in line with the cost of living.