In the News

September 13, 2016

A plan to build an interlake tunnel to connect Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties will get $10 million from the State of California General Fund.

Governor Jerry Brown signed Central Coast State Senator Bill Monning's legislation on Tuesday, allocating those funds.

August 24, 2016

 A bill that establishes care and safety standards at pet boarding facilities has passed the Legislature and is awaiting action from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Senate Bill 945, which establishes minimum standards of care and safety at pet boarding facilities, passed through the House and Assembly on Wednesday and is now on the governor’s desk.

August 18, 2016

Two pieces of legislation that would address solutions to California's foster care system's reliance on psychiatric medications easily passed the Assembly floor Thursday, while a third bill that would complete the package will be voted on next week.

Senate Bill 253, by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, would create a more rigorous process for the prescribing of psychotropic drugs to foster children.

Senate Bill 1291, by state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would require better transparency and tracking of mental health services for foster kids in every California county.

August 04, 2016

A bill establishing care and safety standards at pet boarding facilities, prompted by incidents such as the July 2015 fire in Monterey that killed 15 dogs, moved to the Assembly floor and closer to becoming law on Wednesday.

“Passage of SB 945 by the Assembly Appropriations Committee means that we are one step closer to establishing minimum standards of care and safety at pet boarding facilities in California,” said state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, in a press release.

July 29, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that requires continuing care facilites to pay interest to seniors if refunds of their entrance fee deposits are delayed. 

On Monday, Brown signed SB 939, introduced by Sen. Bill Monning, which requires that refunds of entrance fees include 4 percent intesest if they aren’t made within 180 days of a property being vacated, and 6 percent interest after 240 days. 

June 24, 2016

Community Solutions, an organization dedicated to offering an array of services to those in need, was honored June 22 as the Nonprofit of the Year by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) during the inaugural California Nonprofits Day celebration in Sacramento.

“Community Solutions is a well-established nonprofit that has fought for those who have the greatest need for more than 40 years,” Monning said.  “It tackles some of the most difficult social issues, such as human trafficking, mental health, and housing. I commend Community Solutions for its service to our region.”

June 06, 2016

About 100 people, from stakeholders and supporters to dignitaries and politicians, came out to the former site of the San Clemente Dam on Monday to celebrate the removal of the dam and Carmel River Reroute Project.

The mammoth, $83 million undertaking involved moving silt that had once clogged the dam’s reservoir and rerouting a half-mile section of the river.

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, grew up in the area and remembers visiting the dam.

June 03, 2016

Senate Bill (SB) 1363, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), passed off of the Senate Floor and now heads to the Assembly.  The bill requires the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), in coordination with the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), to establish a program to restore eelgrass in order to mitigate the impacts of global warming on the ocean and on California’s coastal plant and animal species.

May 23, 2016

 A state bill that was prompted by pet boarding facility incidents such as the one in July where 15 dogs died in a fire in Monterey, passed the Senate on Monday.

Senate Bill 945 seeks to establish minimum standards of care and safety at pet boarding facilities by providing the operators with guidelines about the health and safety standards needed at their businesses. The bill, introduced by Senator Bill Monning, D-Carmel, passed the Senate on a 30-0 vote and moves to the Assembly.

April 21, 2016

A grass that grows in the coastal waters and tidal lands of the Central Coast is seeing a rapid decline in habitat.

The Morro Bay Estuary is a prime example of this phenomenon. Eelgrass used to thrive in this setting with hundreds of healthy acres beneath the surface of the water.

That habitat is now down to fewer than 15 acres.

There is an effort in Sacramento to help stop the decline, spearheaded by local State Senator Bill Monning. His Eelgrass Restoration bill passed the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality this week.