Press Releases

Friday, April 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strike team report on wildfires and utility safety:

Thursday, April 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to protect horses and jockeys amid the recent spate of racing horse deaths at Santa Anita Park, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and Assemblymember Adam Gray, D-Merced, announced plans today for a thorough, joint oversight hearing on horse racing safety. The duo also announced the introduction of new legislation to authorize the California Horse Racing Board to promptly suspend racing if dangerous conditions exist.

Friday, April 5, 2019

VALLEJO – Overnight repaving work will begin Sunday on four Vallejo intersections along State Route 29/Sonoma Boulevard as Caltrans performs long-sought road surface improvements through next week.

“We’ve heard loud and clear that fixing these jarring intersections is a top priority,” Sen. Dodd said. “Through a partnership with Caltrans and the city of Vallejo, I’m happy to say we’re getting it done. It’s an important project that will improve the quality of life for everyone in Vallejo.”

Thursday, April 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Elder abuse prevention legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that was inspired by the abandonment of seniors at two Santa Rosa assisted living centers during the 2017 wildfires passed the Senate today by unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 314 adds “abandonment” to the list of offenses eligible for enhanced civil remedies under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, made the following statement today on the announcement from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that it is appointing Bill Johnson, former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, to lead the utility as chief executive officer, and a slate of 10 new directors:

Wednesday, April 3, 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, has cleared a key committee.

“This critical housing project must move forward so that we can create more affordable and market-rate housing in our community,” Sen. Dodd said. “This bill allows the city and county to address our workforce needs while helping to reduce commuter traffic.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

 ELDRIDGE – Senators Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, announced today a tentative agreement on the Sonoma Developmental Center that will empower neighbors, the community and the County of Sonoma to conduct a comprehensive community planning process focused on the potential future uses of the Sonoma Developmental Center, while also protecting the sacred open spaces of the undeveloped land.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would protect California’s elderly and adults with disabilities from abandonment by caretakers has cleared a key committee. Senate Bill 314, inspired by the abandonment of seniors at two Santa Rosa assisted living facilities in the 2017 wildfires, was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary committee Tuesday. It heads next to the Senate floor.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019



SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to stabilize state budget costs from major disasters cleared a key committee vote Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to enhance conservation on California’s more than 76,000 farms and ranches cleared a key committee today. The bill would offer incentives and technical assistance for farmers to adopt practices that help wildlife and the environment.

“Good stewardship of California’s rural lands is crucial to the sustainability and economic vitality of our state,” Sen. Dodd said. “This bill will encourage farmers and ranchers to pursue conservation efforts, allowing people and the environment to reap the benefits.”