Press Releases

Hill Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Raise Cap on School Budget Reserves and Give Districts More Flexibility to Weather Economic Downturns

August 20, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that would ease a hastily approved cap on school budget reserves and provide districts with greater flexibility to make the best decisions for their students.

Bill To Bar PG&E from Taking State Tax Deductions on $1.6B Fine in San Bruno Pipeline Blast Gets First Hearing

July 14, 2015

The California Senate Governance and Finance Committee holds the first hearing on SB 681 by Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin to prohibit Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) from taking $1.3 billion in state tax deductions for the $1.6 billion fine that was levied against the utility for the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

Crucial Hearing Tuesday On Bill By Hill, Hancock, To Close Loophole That Kept Regulators In The Dark About Firm Probed in Berkeley Balcony Tragedy

July 13, 2015

Legislation by Senators Jerry Hill and Loni Hancock to require disclosure to regulators of felony convictions and settlements in cases alleging construction defects, fraud, negligence, incompetence and other serious professional wrongdoing faces a pivotal hearing before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday.

In the News

Officials Laud Bill Hiking School Reserve Cap: Sen. Hill Working to Raise Capacity of Districts’ Rainy-Day Fund

August 24, 2015

Daily Journal: A bill authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, which aims to increase the amount of money school districts can stash in reserves for a rainy day has drawn the acclaim of local school officials.

Newsmaker Interview: State Senator Jerry Hill

August 23, 2015

CBS SF Bay Area: State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) sat down with KPIX 5's Phil Matier on Sunday to talk about a special session of the legislature to find funding for repairs to California's roads and bridges.

Editorial: State Lawmakers Should Lift Cap on School District Reserves

August 22, 2015

Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune: State legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown are playing an irresponsible game of financial chicken with local school districts.

In My Own Words

La Honda Fire Brigade Wins “Oughta Be a Law” Contest

February 28, 2015

Half Moon Bay Review: The livelihood of the La Honda Fire Brigade relies exclusively on volunteers, from the 14 individuals who serve as firefighters to the board members who organize fundraising efforts like the annual pancake breakfast and crab cioppino dinner. Those events contribute toward the brigade’s annual $40,000 budget, which is all fundraised dollars.

Another View: SB 24 Will Be Good For Kids

February 05, 2015

Sacramento Bee Guest Op-Ed: In 1994, as mayor of San Mateo, I authored one of the state’s first anti-smoking ordinances. In 2012, my Assembly Bill 1301 was signed into law, requiring the state to suspend and revoke a store’s tobacco license if it repeatedly sells tobacco products to minors. This year, I’m authoring Senate Bill 24 to ensure that vapor shops and e-cigarette stores comply with California’s youth smoking-prevention laws.

Guest Op-Ed: What California Needs from the New CPUC President

December 16, 2014

Guest Op-Ed in the Daily Journal: The California Public Utilities Commission is a vital state agency, overseeing electrical, gas, telecommunications, water and transportation industries that together collect $50 billion in revenue from Californians each year.

Past Press Conferences

Hill to Introduce Bill Creating Oversight of PUC Giveaways

December 18, 2012

PUC Will Vote Thursday on $150 Million Grant Funded by Ratepayers

Hill to Urge CPUC to Reject PG&E's Proposal to Saddle Ratepayers with 95 Percent of Costs to Repair Gas Transmission System

August 20, 2012

Assemblyman will also accuse utilities of trying to kill his legislation that would prohibit ratepayer money from being used to give utility executives bonuses for cutting maintenance costs and, according to Hill, compromising safety

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, call on California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reject Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s ratepayer-gouging proposal.