Press Releases

Assembly Committee Kills Sugary Drink Warning Label Bill

June 17, 2014

 (SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the Assembly Committee on Health failed to pass Senate Bill (SB) 1000, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), which sought to place health warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages akin to tobacco and alcohol.

Senator Monning to Hold a Hearing on Preparedness of Californians for a Major Earthquake or Wildfire

May 13, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Chair of the Senate Committee on Insurance, announced that he will hold an informational hearing on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the State Capitol to examine the preparedness of California homeowners and communities in the event of a catastrophic earthquake or wildfire.

Sugary Drink Warning Label Wins Legislative Victory

April 09, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Safety warning labels on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California came a step closer to reality today when the Senate Committee on Health approved Senate Bill (SB) 1000 on a 5-2 vote.  The first-in-nation legislation was introduced by State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to ensure that all Californians are aware of the link between sugary drink consumption and the exploding rates of diabetes and obesity.

In the News

Steve Emerson: Time to stop fighting over Fort Ord veterans cemetery

July 18, 2014

We had the opportunity to spend a few minutes this week with Congressman Sam Farr and state Sen. Bill Monning at an open forum updating everyone on the status of the veterans cemetery on Fort Ord. It was a fairly well-attended event with parties from both sides of the issue.



Mandatory soda warnings closer to becoming law

May 29, 2014

A first-of-its-kind bill to warn consumers that soda and other sweetened beverages are dangerous survived a nail-biting vote in the state Legislature Thursday.

With the tone of a prosecutor and the fervor of a public health nurse, Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, made the case to fellow senators that sugary drinks were a pernicious threat to the public health, pointing to numerous studies blaming them for a variety of ailments, including childhood diabetes.

Bill Would Impose Sanctions for Sexually Harassing Farmworkers

May 23, 2014

It’s an open secret in California’s agricultural fields and packing houses: Female farmworkers often endure sexual harassment, or even sexual assault. The perpetrators are usually crew bosses who threaten to fire the women if they speak up. Now, a bill making its way through the California Legislature tries to address the problem by cracking down on employers.

Op Eds by Bill

State parks planning for the next 150 years

July 25, 2014

Beauty, open spaces and history are just a few reasons we love our parks. The sense of stepping into the past or the thrill of pushing one's limits with Mother Nature are feelings hard to describe or put a price on, but for generations it has been these feelings that have kept our parks alive. As California commemorates the 150th anniversary of our vast state park system, it is critical that foresight to the next 150 years is kept in mind.

Veterans Cemetery Status Report

July 10, 2014

By, Senator Monning and Congressman Farr

Keeping California's Waterways Safe

June 27, 2014

Summer is the time of year that most of us flock to lakes, rivers and ocean beaches to enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities California's waterways have to offer. When the weather heats up, most of us want to cool down, and one of the most popular recreational activities is boating.


July 2014 Newsletter

July 24, 2014

Dear Friends:

On July 1st several new laws took effect and below are a few that might be of interest to you.

June 2014 Newsletter

June 27, 2014

Dear Friends:

The Legislature recently passed the 2014-15 Budget, marking the fourth year in a row that a balanced budget has been delivered on-time. The final plan appropriates $156.4 billion, with $108 billion of General Fund spending.

May 2014 Newsletter

May 23, 2014

Dear Friends: