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Santa Cruz Sentinel: Bill aims to educate big-rig drivers in wake of Highway 17 fatal crash

February 25, 2015

Trailing a big-rig crash in July that killed a 25-year-old Santa Cruz man on Highway 17, a new state bill aims to require more driving education for inexperienced truckers.

State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, said he introduced the bill Tuesday to help prevent crashes like the one that killed 25-year-old Daniel McGuire on July 10, 2014. A truck driver with about three months of experience said his brakes malfunctioned as he was descending Highway 17 near Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos with a load of dirt. Bearing down on a line of stopped traffic, he tried to swerve in to a guardrail and damaged 10 vehicles, injured seven people and took McGuire’s life, according to the California Highway Patrol.

California 'right-to-die' bill proposed

January 20, 2015

Inspired by a Bay Area woman's highly publicized quest to end her grueling battle with cancer, lawmakers are renewing efforts to allow California's terminally ill greater choice over how and when they die.

On Wednesday, two Democratic state senators and the family of the late Brittany Maynard will unveil the End of Life Option Act, which allows doctors in California to prescribe a lethal dose of medications to terminally ill patients.

Sen. Bill Monning appointed majority leader

December 30, 2014

Earlier this month, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon announced that he had appointed Sen. 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, and serves as the chief assistant to the President pro Tempore in political matters and strategy.


Sexual Harassment Training Required For Farm Employees

December 29, 2014

California’s farm fields can be threatening places for agriculture workers. But a new law going into effect next year is designed to make those fields a bit safer. As part of our annual new law series, Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.

The law will require farm labor contractors to provide all supervisors, foremen and employees with sexual harassment training. Democratic Senator Bill Monning authored the bill.


Stone, Monning call for end to drift gill nets

December 22, 2014

A controversial way of catching swordfish that often snags other marine life needs to end, said five politicians in a letter sent Monday to federal fishery managers.

State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, signed the letter that called for an end to drift gill nets, known for snagging everything from dolphins to sea otters.

“While progress has been made, the amount of bycatch caught in drift gill nets used to capture swordfish remains unacceptable,” the letter read.

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.

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.


Sen. Bill Monning: Central Coast benefits from water bond

August 30, 2014

Last week, the Legislature united to pass a water bond, which Gov. Brown signed, to guarantee its placement on the November ballot. While the legislation had bipartisan and near unanimous support, the pathway to the final agreement was fraught with uncertainty. Fortunately, the will to advance solutions to better manage California's precious water resources amidst the continuing drought outweighed partisan or regional posturing.

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.