Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Jun 272011

Yesterday I wrote about a piece of legislation in California that will affect the labelling of olive oil in California. Today I would like to introduce you to the author of the legislation.

Senator Lois Wolk, the author of Senate Bill 818, which deals with olive oil labelling in California, was appointed in February 2011 as Chair of the new Senate Subcommittee on Olive Oil Production and Emerging Products. This subcommittee is under the Senate Agriculture Committee and its initial focus is on California’s olive oil industry.

Senator Wolk was elected in November 2008 to represent the Fifth Senate District, which includes parts of San Joaquin, Solano, Yolo, and Sacramento Counties.

Senator Wolk chairs the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, which is tasked with restructuring the relationship between state and local governments and reforming the budget process. She is a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture; Budget & Fiscal Review; Health; and Natural Resources and Water. She also serves on the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections and the Joint Legislative Audit and Joint Legislative Budget Committees.

Additionally, Senator Wolk is the Senate’s representative on the Delta Protection Commission, the state commission charged with protecting and maintaining the agricultural, wildlife habitat and recreational uses in the Delta.

There is lots more to know about Senator Wolk as you will find on her legislative website. As far as I can find, she is the only legislator in the U.S. who directly chairs any state legislative committee tasked with olive industry duties. I am sure as the U.S. olive industry grows and olive oil production increases there will be more.

May the sun shine through your branches.


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