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Latest News

Field worker sexual harassment bill becomes law

October 02, 2014

On Sept. 28, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1087 into law. The bill seeks to curb what some say is an epidemic of sexual harassment and violence among the state’s field workers.

Plans approved to build veterans cemetery: California secures $6.8M federal grant to begin construction at Fort Ord

September 29, 2014

MARINA, Calif. – U.S. Representative Sam Farr, D-Carmel, and California State Senator Bill Monning, held a press conference today to announce that the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs approved the state’s design to build the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord and has awarded $6.8 million in federal funds to build the cemetery. With today’s announcement, the state can now begin construction of the first phase of the cemetery, a 17 acre columbaria that will include 5,000 niches.

Vet cemetery moves forward with a $6.8 million boost from the feds

September 29, 2014

Supporters of a planned Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord have been patient, to say the least. They've waited decades— through permitting hurdles, land-use battles and funding shortfalls.

Now they're finally seeing this thing happen.

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Governor Signs Farmworker Sexual Harassment Prevention Legislation

September 29, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) – Legislation authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to address numerous reports of sexual harassment, including rape, against female farmworkers was signed into law by the Governor.

“Female farmworkers are among the most vulnerable and invisible of the state’s farmworker population,” said Senator Monning.  “Senate Bill (SB) 1087 will require sexual harassment prevention training for farm labor contractors, supervisors and employees, and is the first-step to help protect these workers from unwanted sexual advances and sexual violence.” 

Governor Signs Water Rate Relief Legislation

September 22, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), and coauthored by Senator Anthony Cannella and Assemblymembers Luis Alejo and Mark Stone, to allow the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District to issue water rate relief bonds was signed into law by the Governor. 

Governor Signs Boating Education Legislation

September 19, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to require boating education before operating a motorized vessel in California was signed into law by the Governor.