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December 17, 2014

(MONTEREY, CA) – Earlier today, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon announced that he had appointed Senator Bill Monning (D – Carmel) to serve as Majority Leader.

The Majority Leader serves as the main Floor manager for the President pro Tempore and the Majority Party, as well as serves as the chief assistant to the President pro Tempore in political matters and strategy.

Legislation to Help Sea Otters Introduced

December 01, 2014
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), along with Assemblymembers Alejo and Stone, introduced Senate Bill (SB) 17, to extend the sunset date for the California Sea Otter Fund five years, until 2021. 
“Given that the sea otter population remains in trouble, it is important to extend the tax check-off option on the state income tax form in order for Californians to be able to voluntarily assist in helping to protect this keystone species,” said Senator Monning.

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.


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.”