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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.

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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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Mary Lou Goeke: Soda tax makes great sense

January 11, 2014

I wholeheartedly disagree with the editorial you reprinted Jan. 8 from the Bay Area News Group on Sen. Bill Monning's 2014 efforts to revive the soda tax, "Soda Tax Misses Point."

The evidence they cite is that the state of Arkansas instituted a soda tax in 1992 and 20 years later their adult obesity rate has increased. In fact, the tax in Arkansas is a sales tax and the consumer has no way of knowing by looking at their sales receipt that the tax is levied on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Veterans cemetery in the works at Ford Ord

October 21, 2013

MARINA — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation earlier this month authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) that will appropriate $1 million toward the non-reimbursed costs to construct the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ord.

The appropriation in SB 232 will supplement the funds already raised by the community and provide the financial assurance needed for the California Department of Veterans Affairs to formally respond to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ grant offer announced earlier in October.

Fort Ord veterans cemetery gets an extra $1 million from California

October 11, 2013

The proposed Fort Ord veterans cemetery got the extra $1 million organizers had hoped for Thursday.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, that changed money pegged as a loan for the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery into an allocation.

The money is coming in the nick of time. There is a state deadline Tuesday for organizers to raise $2.6 million or risk losing a federal grant.

"As you can imagine," Monning said by phone, "we're thrilled."

Governor Brown signs Monning bill, authorizes $1 million for veterans cemetery

October 10, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will put $1 million in state funds toward developing a veterans cemetery on the old Fort Ord.

SB 232, written by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and co-authored by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, appropriates the $1 million toward non-reimbursable costs of the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery.

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Cover Me!: Enrollment opens for a new era of health insurance

October 02, 2013

If you don’t have health insurance by March 31, 2014, you’ll be breaking the law. But don’t worry; it’s good for you. And it’s good for society at large.

At least that’s the spirit behind the law.

By now, most people seem to know where they fall when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. After a long, dirty, and divisive fight for its passage, the law has legs. For California residents, it means a wider eligibility net for those applying for Medi-Cal and a more user-friendly interface for those who want to buy health insurance.

Health fair at Natividad spreads the news on ACA

October 02, 2013

Local government and public health officials were on hand Wednesday to rally support for health care reform at a health fair at Natividad Medical Center.