Press Releases

Monday, April 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to bolster the state’s drunken driving prevention program won overwhelming bipartisan support Monday in the Senate.

“Drunken driving is taking a heavy toll on our state and we must do everything we can to prevent it,” Sen. Dodd said. “This bill will help reduce the number of people who drink before getting behind the wheel, saving lives and protecting everyone on the road. I applaud my fellow senators for supporting it and taking an important step toward addressing this vexing problem.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A pair of bills advanced Tuesday from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will help protect people from power lines and utility systems that are damaged in extreme weather and could spark future wildfires like those that have ravaged California.

Friday, April 13, 2018

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd expressed strong support Friday for the extension of Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency declaration covering Northern California counties ravaged by the October wildfires.

“As we recover, we have to make sure victims of this terrible tragedy are not taken advantage of,” Senator Dodd said. “Price-gouging in communities impacted by the wildfire is not acceptable. I’ve been working with the governor on fire recovery for the past six months and appreciate this step to ensure our communities are protected.”

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A proposal from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to provide universal preschool to 4-year-olds cleared the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

The legislation builds on the state’s existing transitional kindergarten program, which is currently available to 4-year-olds who turn 5 shortly after the start of their first semester.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will strengthen In-Home Supportive Services in the event of natural disasters resulting in emergency declarations cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday.

The bill, which was approved by members of the Senate Human Services Committee, comes in the wake of last year’s devastating wildfires and mudslides that exposed systematic shortcomings faced by the state’s most vulnerable residents and the caregivers who assist them.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The state Senate passed a bipartisan resolution Monday by Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the creation of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve, the landmark law to protect farmland that was the first of its kind in the nation.

Napa County supervisors adopted the preserve on April 6, 1968, in part to guard the region’s grape-growing heritage against unchecked development and urban sprawl happening elsewhere in the Bay Area. The measure was strengthened by voters in 2008, extending protections to 2058.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sen. Bill Dodd testifies at Transportation and Housing Committee on April 3, 2018.

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Bill Dodd’s proposal to improve public safety during power outages by requiring newly sold or installed garage door motors to be equipped with backup batteries on Tuesday cleared a key committee.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


SACRAMENTO, CA – The state Senate passed a bipartisan resolution by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) declaring March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in California. The purpose of the declaration is to raise public awareness of problem gambling and connect individuals in need with treatment.

“Awareness and access to services are critical for anyone struggling with addiction, and that includes those facing gambling problems," said Senator Dodd. “I hope this will promote better understanding of problem gambling and prompt people struggling with problem gambling seek help.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Local resident Shana Jones has been honored as Woman of the Year by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa). In celebration of Women’s History Month, the state Senate honors women who have made significant contributions to their respective districts and communities.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

With taxes due at midnight on April 17th, Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) would like to remind taxpayers that assistance is available for those having difficulty with their tax returns. Millions of dollars go unclaimed every year by people and families that don’t apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a benefit that can provide thousands of dollars for working people who earn low or moderate incomes.