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  • Oct042015

    Assemblymember Dodd hosts free BBQ with Gavin Newsom in Fairfield

    Assemblymember Bill Dodd is inviting locals to a free Fall Barbeque he’s hosting in Fairfield on Monday, with special guest Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. 

    Dodd and Newsom expect “a lively report on the 2015 Legislative Session, issues facing working families and seniors, and how we can correct the gender pay gap in California,” he said. 

    Dodd is running for state Senate to replace Lois Wolk, who is termed out of office, he said. He is endorsed by Newsom, Wolk, and more than 150 elected officials and community leaders from within Senate District 3, he said.

    “I am honored to be joined by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom,” Dodd said in a statement. “Please join us to hear the latest from the state Capitol and to share your issues and hopes for our community.”

    The free event is planned for 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 5, at the Sheetmetal Workers Local 104 North Bay Training Facility — 4350 Central Place, Fairfield.

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  • Sep092015

    Dodd’s gender pay equity bill heads to governor

    Assemblymember Bill Dodd’s (D-Napa) bill establishing the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2015 passed the state legislature with bipartisan support and now heads to Gov. Brown, who has one month to sign it into law.

    “The gender pay gap not only affects women, it also causes problems for our entire society. This legislation is an important step toward ensuring a stable future for California families,” Dodd said in a prepared statement. “I’d like to thank my fellow legislators for their support in delivering this bill to the governor for his signature.”

    Dodd is part of a coalition of California legislators who have introduced several measures having to do with gender pay equity, Dodd’s office said. The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act will require companies that contract with the state to have policies in place to help ensure gender pay equity and to provide the state with data on employee income by gender and race. Collecting this data will help the state’s efforts to reduce and eliminate the wage gap in California.

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  • Sep082015

    Package of bills aims to ease wage gap

    NAPA COUNTY, Calif. (KTVU) - Just in time for Labor Day, California women stand to benefit from a package of bills aimed at paying them more for the work they do.  Nationally, the numbers are well-documented.

    Women working full-time make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes doing the same or similar work.

    In California, it's slightly better at 84 cents to the dollar.

    But if the woman is African-American, the ratio dips to 64 cents, compared to a white man. And if she is Latina, she earns only 44 cents in comparison.

    It's not legal, but persists, and by closing loopholes, California will become the state with the toughest pay equity laws in the nation.

    "What this bill does, more than anything else, is shine light on it,” Assemblyman Bill Dodd of Napa told KTVU, "because these are people issues, they're family issues. Forty percent of heads of households are women."

    Dodd authored one of several "wage gap" bills that have won passage, and support from Governor Brown.

    "I have two daughters and three granddaughters, just the thought of them being discriminated against, it's astounding," he observed.


    Dodd's legislation requires companies doing business with the state to collect and submit data on how their pay stacks up.

    Read the full article and see the video here.

  • Sep032015

    Earthquake relief bill approved by governor

    Residents and businesses in Solano, Napa and Sonoma counties affected by the Aug. 24, 2014, earthquake will receive some much needed relief.

    Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 35, which the two coauthored.

    The bill provides individuals who didn’t know the extent of their earthquake damage until after the 2014 tax filing deadline the ability to apply their losses to their prior year tax returns, generating a more rapid refund in the current year.

    “I thank the governor for signing this measure into law,” Wolk said in a press release. “SB 35 will help individuals who suffered property damage in last year’s earthquake to rebuild and recover by providing them enough time to calculate their losses.

    Read the full article here.

  • Aug262015

    Op-Ed: State contracts can aid in quest for gender pay equity

    This year marks the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, a significant milestone in the evolution of civil rights in our nation’s history. While we have made progress over the past 95 years, women still do not receive equal pay for equal work. California can play an important role in correcting this disparity.

    You may read the full article here