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State Sen. Noreen Evans' oil extraction tax plan passes senate committee

Thursday, April 24, 2014
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
By DEREK MOORE

SACRAMENTO — A North Coast lawmaker’s controversial proposal to tax oil extraction in California and give most of the estimated billions in new revenue to higher education narrowly survived a crucial test Thursday at the state Capitol.

The Senate Education Committee approved SB 1071, authored by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, by a 5-3 vote, the minimum number of votes needed to move the bill along.

Mercury News editorial: Californians deserve clear labeling of genetically engineered food

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two years ago we reluctantly urged California voters to defeat the poorly written Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of food with genetically engineered ingredients.

The proposition's intent was good. But backers skipped a basic step in lawmaking:

Before taking a proposal directly to voters, give the Legislature a chance to deal with it. The deliberative process identifies potential flaws and improves the odds of ending up with a well-crafted law.

State Sen. Noreen Evans' proposed GMO bill clears another hurdle

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
By DEREK MOORE

Proposed legislation by state Sen. Noreen Evans requiring all foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled in California cleared another hurdle Tuesday in Sacramento.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 1381 over the objections of the California Grocers Association and other opponents, who argued Tuesday that such labels could expose grocers to lawsuits.

Sen. Noreen Evans' bill on Sonoma Developmental Center clears hurdle

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
By DEREK MOORE

Proposed legislation by state Sen. Noreen Evans that would make the Sonoma Developmental Center a place of “last resort” for severely disabled clients cleared a hurdle Tuesday in Sacramento.

The Senate Committee on Health approved SB 1344, which seeks to maintain services for the most severely disabled clients should the Eldridge facility downsize or close.

Governor - time to reinvest in Californians

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SF Gate

By Eddie Kurtz and Ross Rhodes

We paid our taxes last week. It didn't fill our hearts with joy, but we know that everyone needs to do their part so that our state government can do collectively what we individually cannot. We paid our taxes so that critical public institutions such as our schools, colleges, hospitals, transportation networks and safety-net support systems would be there for everyone to have a chance to reach his or her potential.

State Sen. Noreen Evans' GMO food-labeling bill clears state Senate committee

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
By DEREK MOORE

Proposed legislation by state Sen. Noreen Evans requiring all foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled in California cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in Sacramento.

The Senate Committee on Health approved the bill on a 5-2 vote after Evans, D-Santa Rosa, agreed to several amendments, including that the legislation exclude alcohol products and not take effect until Jan. 1. 2016.

State Sen. Noreen Evans exercising new-found stature in Legislature

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

By DEREK MOORE

State Sen. Noreen Evans is back in a high-profile leadership role and taking on some of California’s most powerful interests with her legislative agenda, only a month after the Santa Rosa Democrat appeared to be losing political steam in Sacramento.

In a surprise move, Senate President Darrell Steinberg appointed Evans chairwoman of the Senate’s Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, giving the 58-year-old senator a platform to push a consumer advocacy agenda as she prepares to leave office in January.

State Sen. Noreen Evans proposes labeling GMO foods in state

Thursday, February 20, 2014
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
By DEREK MOORE
State Sen. Noreen Evans plans to introduce legislation today that would require all foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled in California, a move sure to reignite a contentious and costly battle that the state's voters last weighed in on in 2012.

The Santa Rosa Democrat says genetically modified organisms have been linked to health problems ranging from allergies to cancer, and that babies, in particular, are at risk of getting sick, in part because their immune systems are not fully developed.

Noreen Evans renews push for state oil tax

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
By DEREK MOORE

State Sen. Noreen Evans is making another run at the oil industry, and this time she's bringing in reinforcements.

The Santa Rosa Democrat is joining forces with California college students, including local product Harrison “Jack” Tibbetts, in an attempt to get a tax on oil extraction in California.

Evans has failed several times to get similar legislation passed. “I will keep proposing this until it is passed,” she said Tuesday.

Why we need GMO labels

Monday, February 3, 2014

CNN Opinion
By David Schubert

Editor's note: David Schubert is professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

(CNN) -- Most people like to know what they are eating. However, labeling for genetically modified organisms is not required in any state. This is largely because of the money expended by GM seed producers toward blocking food-labeling laws.

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