Senator Mike McGuire has introduced SB 449 to continue the PD/GWSS Board and PDCP for another five years, to provide continuing protection from Pierce’s disease (PD) and enable the industry to continue to support research and outreach on PD and other serious pests and diseases of winegrapes.
“There is still no known cure for the disease, which is why it is so important that we do everything we can at the state level to stop the spread of Pierce’s disease and continue to advance desperately needed research,” McGuire said.
SB 449 was approved in the Senate with unanimous support before moving to the Assembly. The Assembly Agriculture Committee passed the bill on June 5 and it will next be reviewed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is endorsed by the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Family Winemakers of California, and the Wine Institute. Once signed into law, California winegrape growers will vote on the assessment in spring 2020.