Press Releases

Friday, April 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Wildfire-inspired legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help low-income people who rely on life support equipment to receive backup power during electric transmission line de-energization passed the Senate on a unanimous vote

Thursday, April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, has appointed Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to lead a newly created Senate Select Committee to assess policy options outlined in Gov. Gavin Newsom's 2019 Report: “Wildfires and Climate Change - California's Energy Future.”

Thursday, April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would allow the long-sought Napa Pipe mixed-use development to proceed, creating much-needed low-income housing, cleared the Senate today by unanimous vote.

“Napa desperately needs affordable and market-rate housing to help address our workforce needs and reduce commute traffic,” Sen. Dodd said. “This bill will allow the city and county to work together to get critically needed housing built.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that seeks to eliminate confusion and delays caused by uninformed, out-of-state or multiple insurance adjusters during the 2017 North Bay wildfires cleared a key committee today.

Senate Bill 240 requires the California Department of Insurance to produce information on the most significant state insurance laws related to disasters and set training standards for agents handling catastrophic events. It also mandates that insurers provide a single point of contact for customers to make processing claims easier.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would establish the California Wildfire Warning Center, a statewide network of automated weather and environmental monitoring stations conducting fire-weather forecasting and threat assessment to aid in wildfire prevention and response, cleared a key committee today.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Horse and jockey-safety legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, prompted by the surge in racing horse deaths at Santa Anita Park cleared a key committee today. Senate Bill 469 allows the California Horse Racing Board to quickly suspend racing at tracks when dangerous conditions exist. 

“This bill is about empowering regulators to make sure we’re putting safety first,” Sen. Dodd said. “This is a commonsense step toward the ultimate goal of improving horse safety.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to increase conservation on California’s more than 76,000 farms and ranches by offering incentives and technical assistance for adopting practices that help wildlife and the environment cleared a key committee today.

“California must continue to lead the nation in encouraging farmers and ranchers to pursue conservation efforts, allowing people and the environment to reap the benefits,” Sen. Dodd said. “Good stewardship of rural lands is crucial to the sustainability and economic vitality of our state.”

Monday, April 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would ensure low-income college students have reliable access to nutritious food through the Cal Fresh program cleared the full Senate today by unanimous vote.

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

ROHNERT PARK – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host a public forum May 3 in Rohnert Park to discuss issues that are important to seniors including healthcare, fraud protection, benefits and more.

Sen. Dodd will lead a panel of state and local experts and invite questions from the audience.