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California Lawmakers Hear Testimony About Government's Role in Protecting Public Health

September 25, 2013

Lawmakers heard about tobacco control programs, policies to prevent injury, and investing in alternative public transportation.

State Senator Bill Monning chaired the meeting. He said there’s a continuing tension between government’s effort to protect the public, and the market that sells products that aren’t always healthy.

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Monning’s farmworker protection bill clears Legislature

September 06, 2013

State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) wanted to give agricultural workers a hand in collecting back wages and penalties owed by state-licensed farm labor contractors.

During recent bill hearings, Monning explained that some California farm labor contractors have fraudulently dissolved and moved their assets to new corporations. Actual farmworkers owed back wages by these dissolved contractors were left with nobody to file a claim against.

Bill opens up voter records to researchers: Secretary of State, Sen. Bill Monning work on access

August 23, 2013

SANTA CRUZ -- In a corner of the County Governmental Building is a treasure of information, kept under lock and until now guarded by state laws shielding it from public view.

But a new bill, authored by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and backed by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, opens up this trove of century-old voter records to genealogical researchers. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law this month.

Good Times: Town Hall with Sen. Bill Monning

August 08, 2013

How do poor health and nutrition (and its outcomes, such as obesity and diabetes) impact our local economies and workforces?

Obesity, preventable diabetes, and other chronic conditions are all costly diseases that can stem from poor health and nutrition. Obesity has been linked to an increased incidence of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. These conditions account for as much as $209.7 billion a year in U.S. medical expenditures, or 20.6 percent of all money spent on healthcare in the United States.

Business owners get lesson in new health insurance

July 31, 2013

APTOS -- Michael Lujan from Covered California, the statewide health insurance exchange created to administer the federal Affordable Care Act, mapped out what small business owners can expect when major provisions of the new health care law go into effect in January.

Bill aims to stop farm-labor scam

July 06, 2013

The practice of unscrupulous labor contractors owing farmworkers wages and abruptly shutting down the business to duck their obligations, only to reopen under a new name, will be stopped if a proposed law hammered out between farm interests and a Central Coast lawmaker reaches the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 168, authored by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, would hold any successor of a farm-labor contractor liable for the first contractor’s owed wages, regardless of whether the original contractor was licensed or not.

Jaffa Café is named Small Business of the Year by lawmaker

June 06, 2013

Jaffa Café, which opened in San Luis Obispo more than 10 years ago and later expanded to Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles, has been named state Sen. Bill Monning’s 2013 Small Business of the Year.

Owner Adnan Saleh will be honored Monday at the California Small Business Day luncheon at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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Bill Monning's soda tax bill held, but not dead

June 05, 2013

A proposed tax on sugary drinks sold in California was blocked Thursday, but bill author state Sen. Bill Monning hasn't soured on its chances to eventually become law.

"In my view it's not a question of whether, but a question of when," said Monning, D-Carmel, after the Senate Appropriations Committee held his Sweetened Beverage Tax from further action this year.

He called the committee's action, technically known as holding the bill in its suspense file, "a bump in the road and no real surprise."

Chuck Molnar, Senior Corner: California pols help older residents

June 01, 2013

On May 20 the California secretary of state formerly chaptered into law Senate Joint Resolution 4 relative to the federal Older Americans Act of 1965.

State Senate OKs ski safety legislation

May 14, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would require California ski resorts to prepare an annual safety plan and post those reports on their websites.

Lawmakers passed SB564 on a 24-8 partisan vote. The bill by Democratic Sen. Bill Monning of Carmel is a follow-up to a previous ski safety measure.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill by Sen. Ted Gaines, a Republican from Rocklin. The governor called that measure "unnecessary" and said the state did not need to get involved.

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