Press Releases

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Davis-based D.S. Powell Construction Co., a family-owned residential and commercial developer serving for more than four decades in Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties, was recognized today by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, as 2019 Small Business of the Year.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Low-income college students would have reliable access to nutritious food through the Cal Fresh program under a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that cleared the Assembly’s Human Services committee today.

“Students shouldn’t have to starve in order to get an education,”  Sen. Dodd said. “Hunger is a serious problem on California college campuses today. My bill will ensure students of modest means don’t go hungry by making it easier for them to receive public assistance.”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO –Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help California manage its water, protecting the precious resource for people and the environment, cleared a key committee today.

“This bill is an important step toward managing our water for the long run,” Sen. Dodd said. “‘You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Stream gages provide important information in this era of droughts and flooding, driven in part by climate change.”

Friday, June 14, 2019

ROHNERT PARK – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today the next joint hearing of the Assembly and Senate select committees on the wine industry will be June 28 at Sonoma State University.

Sen. Dodd is co-chair of the Senate select committee along with Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg. Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, chairs the Assembly select committee.

Members of the select committees will hear from expert panelists on topics including the state of wine education and research as well as emerging markets and appellations. The hearing will be livestreamed.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Horse-safety legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that gained support and urgency amid the continuing death of racing horses at Santa Anita Park cleared a key Assembly committee today on its way to a floor vote, possibly as soon as next week.

“Exigent circumstances demand we act swiftly to pass this legislation and put an end to this heartbreaking cycle of horse deaths,” Sen. Dodd said. “I appreciate the committee’s chairman, Assemblymember Adam Gray, and Speaker Anthony Rendon for their support in helping to move this bill forward.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today the 2019-20 state budget will include $9.25 million in funding for research to better understand and forecast atmospheric rivers, leading to improved flood control and water retention in a state grappling with the effects of climate change and chronic drought.

Monday, June 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation inspired by the 2017 wildfires from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would expand penalties for caregivers who abandon elders during emergencies was approved by the Assembly today on a unanimous vote and heads next to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

SONOMA – Sonoma Ecology Center, which has a nearly 30-year history of environmental stewardship and preservation in the Sonoma Valley, and most recently has taken leadership roles in regional wildfire recovery and the transition of Sonoma Developmental Center to local control, has been named Nonprofit of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will convene a senate select committee hearing on June 10 to review, vet and accept public comment on the Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery Commission’s report, released last week.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation inspired by the 2017 wildfires from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would ramp up penalties for caregivers who desert elders during emergencies cleared a key committee today on a unanimous vote.

“We simply cannot allow our seniors to be left behind to fend for themselves when disaster strikes,” Sen. Dodd said. “They must be protected, especially with the growing wildfire threat. This bill penalizes caretakers who shirk their responsibilities and encourages more people to do the right thing.”