U.S. State Senator Bill Dodd, who this year enacted law to protect nursing home residents from coronavirus by allowing them to care in their homes, has been recognized by Disability Rights California for his legislative guidance.
“The Board of Disability Rights California is pleased to recognize Sen. Dodd as one of our Legislative Leaders of the Year,” said Andrew Imparato, executive director of the organization. “Sen. Dodd has a long history of helping disability rights issues and assisting people with disabilities. We value his leadership skills and his commitment to inclusivity and upholding the rights of people with disabilities. “
Dodd was recognized in a virtual event by Disability Rights California along with Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Congregation Speaker Anthony Rendon, and others. Each year the organization honors lawmakers who it believes contribute most to promoting the rights of people with disabilities.
“We must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable populations, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its deadly toll,” said Dodd, D-Napa. “We just have to take care of their safety. I am proud to be recognized by Disability Rights California for my work. “
In September, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Dodd’s Senate Draft 214, which enables low-income seniors and people with disabilities to help transition from care facilities to nursing homes. SB 214 enables the expansion of an existing program, California Community Transitions, which since 2007 has successfully adopted 3,629 institutional establishments. Not only does the program bring people into the most comprehensive environment possible, it also saves an average of $ 60,000 per person per year.
Dodd wrote SB 167 last year, a new law that uses life support equipment to help low-income people get emergency power in the event of blackouts caused by forest fires. Earlier this year, he introduced the Follow-Up Act SB 862, which required utility companies like PG&E to pay for municipal resource centers for vulnerable people.