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  • Mar032015

    News Clips: Assemblyman Dodd takes aim at closing gender pay gap in California

    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) on Monday introduced legislation requiring companies that do business with the state of California to provide the state with data on employee income by gender and race. 

    With the introduction of Assembly Bill 1354, Dodd is taking an important step towards gender pay equity in California.

    “While California is often a driving force for social change, one area that has been greatly overlooked has been the promotion of equal pay for women,” Dodd said. “Income inequality is not a problem anybody should have to bear, and AB 1354 begins to address this challenge.”

    Dodd was joined in introducing the bill by co-authors Senators Lois Wolk, Holly Mitchell, Connie Leyva, Loni Hancock and Cathleen Galgiani, and Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla, Lorena Gonzalez, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Rob Bonta, Rocky Chavez and Patty Lopez.

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  • Feb252015

    News clips: Dodd calls for low-income water rate assistance program

    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 401, which calls on the Department of Community Services and Development to develop a plan for a statewide Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program.

    “The time has come to develop a comprehensive program to help relieve the financial burden on low-income households dealing with significant increases in the cost of water,” Dodd said.

    Over time, water districts across California have slowly raised the average cost of water in order to maintain and upgrade water treatment and delivery systems.

    In some cases water rates have jumped over 300 percent since 2006, Dodd's office reported.

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  • Feb182015

    News Clips: Dodd seeks $2.4 million to aid lake

    SACRAMENTO >> Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) announced the introduction of new legislation that will help repair and revitalize Clear Lake. The bill, AB 367, would allocate $2.4 million for the purposes of restoring Clear Lake’s wetlands, maintaining its water quality, and preserving its ecosystem.

    “Clear Lake is the heartbeat of Lake County, and it is time for the state to step up its investment in protecting this incredible environmental and economic resource,” said Dodd. “The lake helps fuel the local economy, provides outstanding outdoor recreation, and creates habitat for numerous plant and animal species.”

    California’s largest natural body of fresh water, Clear Lake is home to a number of fish species and boasts some of the best bass fishing in the nation. The lake supports other wildlife, such as pelicans, blue herons, egrets, ospreys and bald eagles. However, over time, Clear Lake has developed a number of serious environmental problems that threaten the fish and wildlife of the lake, diminish the quality of water, and hinder recreational opportunities. One of the problems facing Clear Lake is the presence of cyanobacteria, often referred to as blue-green algae, which can produce harmful toxins. Another crucial challenge facing the Clear Lake is preventing the introduction of invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels into the lake.

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  • Feb112015

    News Clips: Assemblyman Bill Dodd to chair Select Committee on Wine

    SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Dodd, D-Napa, has been appointed chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Wine by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins. The Select Committee on Wine is a bipartisan committee that examines the diverse issues affecting California’s wine industry.

    “I want to thank Speaker Atkins for appointing me to chair this important committee.” Dodd said, “The wine industry is a crucial economic driver for our region and the state as a whole. As chair, I will ensure the committee looks at the challenges facing our wine industry and works to identify pragmatic solutions.”

    California makes 90 percent of all the wine produced in the United States. The California wine industry has an economic impact of more than $61 billion to the state and creates upwards of 330,000 jobs. The wine industry is also an essential part of California tourism, bringing in upward of 20 million tourists annually. Wine produced in the 4th Assembly District, which includes all or portions of Yolo, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Solano, and Colusa counties, represents a significant percentage of all the wine produced in the United States, and billions of dollars in economic activity.

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  • Jan092015

    News Clips: Dodd introduces resolution to protect Berryessa Snow Mountain

    SACRAMENTO >> Assemblyman Bill Dodd introduced a resolution Thursday petitioning President Barack Obama to create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

    The establishment of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument would cover the area that stretches from the shores of Lake Berryessa in Napa County to the flanks of Snow Mountain, and includes portions of Lake, Mendocino, Solano and Yolo counties. All five counties within the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region have endorsed permanent protection for the area.

    "The designation of this unique area as a national monument will help preserve the region's natural splendor for future generations. The national monument will provide continued recreational opportunities and will bring enhanced visitation," said Dodd, D-Napa, in a statement. "This is a great example of how we can protect our environment and support our local economy."

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