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  • Nov232015

    Dodd Gains Endorsement of Lt. Gov. Newsom

    State Assemblyman Bill Dodd reported today receiving the endorsement of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in the race for State Senate District 3.

    “Gavin is a bold leader with a record of taking principled stands on big issues including his early support of marriage equality,” said Dodd. “I’m proud to call him a friend, and I appreciate his support.”

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  • Oct202015





    NAPA, CA—State Assemblyman Bill Dodd today announced a key endorsement from Senator Art Torres, (Ret.), who served thirteen years as chairman of the California Democratic Party, in the race for the 3rd State Senate District seat.


    “Bill Dodd is a passionate leader for issues Democrats hold dear,” said Senator Torres. “He has worked to advance gender pay equity, protect a woman’s right to choose, and bring money to public education at the local level.


    “Bill will make a terrific senator,” Torres continued.


    “Senator Torres embodies the best of what a public servant can be,” said Dodd. “As a state leader, Art has delivered positive, visionary progress for Californians on healthcare, insurance reform, human rights, and many other issues.


    “I am flattered to have his support and will seek to have the kind of lasting impact for Californians that he has had.”


    Senator Torres, who lives part-time in Calistoga in SD 3, is the immediate past chair of the California Democratic Party where he served from 1996 to 2009. He currently serves as vice chair of the Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). He served in the California State Senate from 1982 to 1994 and in the California State Assembly from 1974 to 1982. Torres authored several landmark reforms as a legislator, including the Clean Water Drinking Act, which voters approved as Proposition 65. 

    Dodd is a Democrat from Napa County. After a successful 25-year business career, Dodd served four terms on the Napa County Board of Supervisors, and currently represents the 4th Assembly District.

  • Oct132015

    Governor signs small business franchise protection bill

    Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation jointly authored by Assemblymember Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and several other legislators to protect small business owners who operate franchises. The bill was supported by a coalition of franchise owners and employee advocacy groups who reached a historic compromise with the association representing the major corporate chains. 

    “This bill provides a more stable future for small business franchise owners and their employees,” said Assemblymember Dodd. “As a small business owner for over 25 years, I believe the State of California needs to support our small businesses, and I’m proud to have partnered with a bipartisan group of legislators to make this bill a reality.”

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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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