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Santa Cruz Sentinel: Bill aims to educate big-rig drivers in wake of Highway 17 fatal crash

February 25, 2015

Trailing a big-rig crash in July that killed a 25-year-old Santa Cruz man on Highway 17, a new state bill aims to require more driving education for inexperienced truckers.

State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, said he introduced the bill Tuesday to help prevent crashes like the one that killed 25-year-old Daniel McGuire on July 10, 2014. A truck driver with about three months of experience said his brakes malfunctioned as he was descending Highway 17 near Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos with a load of dirt. Bearing down on a line of stopped traffic, he tried to swerve in to a guardrail and damaged 10 vehicles, injured seven people and took McGuire’s life, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Senator Monning Introduces Commercial Driving Safety Bill

February 24, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation to improve road safety by strengthening training requirements for commercial drivers.

“Commercial drivers who lack adequate training put everyone on the road at risk,” Senator Monning said. “Requiring more rigorous training for drivers of big rigs and other large commercial vehicles is a common sense safety measure.  This bill will help prevent accidents and…most importantly…save lives.”

Cal Grants offer opportunity

February 23, 2015

Did you know that March 2nd is the deadline to maximize your chances of receiving financial assistance from the state if you are a graduating high school senior, recent graduate, or have just received your GED?

California’s robust financial aid program, Cal Grants, is administered through the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), which works diligently to increase access for those who are interested in advancing their education.  Unlike loans, students do not have to pay back Cal Grant financial assistance.

Senator Monning Renews Push for Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

February 11, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In the wake of a growing movement to rein in sugary drink consumption and unprecedented evidence tying these beverages to California’s skyrocketing diabetes and obesity rates, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary drinks.

Senator Monning Invites you to View his Press Conference

January 20, 2015

Senator Bill Monning invites you to join him as he introduces legislation to address the issue of medical aid-in-dying for terminally ill adults in California. The press conference will be live-streamed on his senate webpage at http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/ .

DATE: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
TIME: 1:30pm

Please note, admission to the event will be limited to credentialed media or invited guests because of the expected media response. Livestream is available for public viewing.

California 'right-to-die' bill proposed

January 20, 2015

Inspired by a Bay Area woman's highly publicized quest to end her grueling battle with cancer, lawmakers are renewing efforts to allow California's terminally ill greater choice over how and when they die.

On Wednesday, two Democratic state senators and the family of the late Brittany Maynard will unveil the End of Life Option Act, which allows doctors in California to prescribe a lethal dose of medications to terminally ill patients.