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Villapudua's AB 391 receives unanimous support in Assembly

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) applauded the Assembly’s passage of his legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 391, yesterday with unanimous support. AB 391 would provide funding to support our bees and other pollinating populations by enhancing their habitats and forage on our working lands.

“I’m encouraged to see the tremendous support being expressed from a broad coalition across the state to care for our pollinators,” said Assemblymember Villapudua. “This funding will be used to incentivize individuals on working lands to participate in existing local, state, and federal programs that enrich pollinator habitats and forage to help sustain our food supplies and advance our biodiversity and climate resiliency goals.”

Our state’s pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Their vital interactions with our crops help produce many of the flowering plants that yield fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils, fibers, and raw materials while helping to draw down carbon into plant material and soils, reducing erosion, suppressing invasive weeds, and allowing native plants and species to thrive.

“We continue to thank Assemblymember Villapudua for his leadership on AB 391 to fund important activities that accelerate the adoption of conservation practices designed to integrate pollinator habitat and forage on working lands,” said Almond Alliance President, Elaine Trevino.

AB 391 will now head to the California State Senate. You can read the full text of the bill here.