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Bill to cut desal project costs heads to Governor

August 20, 2014

SACRAMENTO >> State legislation aimed at saving Monterey Peninsula water ratepayers millions in desalination project financing costs is headed to the Governor's desk.

Senate Bill 936, backed by State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and other Central Coast lawmakers, was approved by the State Senate on Wednesday. State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), and State Assemblymen Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) and Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) also backed the bill.

Bill to help form basin water district passes legislature

August 19, 2014

A state bill to help form the Paso Robles Basin Water District has cleared both the California Senate and Assembly and now awaits the governor’s signature. AB 2453 passed the Assembly yesterday.

The final version of the bill allows a petition to create the district be filed with the Local Agency Formation Commission if 10 percent of the landowners sign the petition. Formation of a district would require a vote of the majority of landowners, 50 percent plus one, based on vote for each landowner.

Bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment of farmworkers moves forward

August 19, 2014

A bill that would require sexual harassment prevention training for agriculture workers is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Bill Monning, a Carmel Democrat, authored the measure, which would address numerous reports of sexual harassment, including rape, against female farmworkers.

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.

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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."

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.

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California Landscape Contractors Association Names Monning 2013 Legislator Of The Year

January 30, 2014

CLCA presented its Legislator of the Year Award to state Senator William Monning (D-Carmel) at its annual convention in Carmel Valley in November. According to Michael Martin, the chair of the association’s Legislation Committee, CLCA selected Monning in recognition of the senator’s collaborative work in aggressively combating the underground economy and other illegal practices that have adversely affected the state’s construction industry.

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