Press Releases

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.

Senator Monning to Hold a Hearing to Determine if California Businesses are Ready for a Major Earthquake

March 25, 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 March 26, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the State Capitol to examine the impact a major earthquake would have on California’s businesses and its economy.  

“The recent earthquake in Los Angeles should serve as a reminder that we live in earthquake country and that the lives and property of millions of Californians are at risk,” stated Senator Monning.    

Senator Monning Authors Consumer Rights Legislation to Provide Control of Vehicle Data

March 18, 2014

 (SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) announced the introduction of consumer rights legislation that will provide vehicle owners control over the personal information generated by on-board computer technology systems found in connected cars.  The Consumer Car Information and Choice Act will require car buyers to be notified that their vehicle information is collected by automakers, and establish that consumers have the right to access this information and control with whom it is shared.

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Soda warnings clear legislative test

April 10, 2014

Sen. Bill Monning's efforts to slap a warning label on soft drinks and other sugary beverages cleared its first legislative test Wednesday.

Borrowing a tactic used on alcohol and cigarettes, the Carmel Democrat wants Californians to see a safety warning when they pick up a soda pop telling them sweetened beverages can lead to a variety of diseases.

"The status quo is unacceptable," Monning said. "There is a public health epidemic in this state."

Vietnam Veterans of America CA State Council Announces Sen. Monning as Legislator of the Year, 2013

February 07, 2014
The Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council (VVA-CSC) has named Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) as their Legislators of the Year for 2013. The VVA-CSC Legislator of the Year award is bestowed upon legislators who have supported California’s veterans and their families during their service as California legislators.

Bill would allow water bonds to finance portion of Monterey Peninsula desal project

February 04, 2014

Central Coast lawmakers said Monday they have introduced a bill that would allow for public financing of a portion of the Monterey Peninsula water project proposed by California American Water.

The measure, Senate Bill 936, was introduced by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Assemblymen Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, and Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville.


Op Eds by Bill

End poverty in California

January 30, 2014

 Until recently, poverty in California and our nation has received little attention. The 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a national “War on Poverty” resurrected some attention to the progress and setbacks made over the years. The growing number of Americans living in poverty impacts not only the health of our nation’s economy, but also the condition of our nation’s morality.

Sugary Drinks and Obesity: We All Shoulder the Costs

November 14, 2013

The Tribune’s recent editorial entitled, “Soda tax is well meaning but unfair”, about my efforts to combat childhood obesity in Senate Bill (SB) 622 missed the mark.  Calling the proposal unfair for singling out one unhealthful product is analogous to what we heard from the tobacco industry more than 25 years ago.  The sad truth is that the unique and proven harm from liquid sugar, combined with aggressive marketing targeted at children, create a dangerous mixture.


February 2014 Newsletter

February 28, 2014

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January 2014 Newsletter

January 27, 2014

Dear Friends:

Governor Brown released his proposed 2014-15 Budget and started the process that will allocate an estimated $106 billion in General Fund spending beginning on July 1, 2014. Both houses of the Legislature are starting to independently review the proposal and reach agreement with the Governor on a final spending plan in June. For information about the Governor's proposed 2014-15 Budget, please visit these websites:

November 2013 Newsletter

November 25, 2013

Dear Friends: