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.

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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.

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."

Op Eds by Bill

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.

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.


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:

April 2014 Newsletter

April 30, 2014

Dear Friends:

California celebrated the 44th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2014.