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Hill Holds Oversight Hearing About What California Should Do To Curb Huge IT Delays & Cost Overruns

March 19, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill, chairman of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, will convene a subcommittee oversight hearing where State Auditor Elaine Howle, state information technology officials and independent experts are expected to discuss what needs to be done to prevent IT project delays and cost overruns.

Hill Bill Calling for Temporary Ban of Artificial Turf Fields Made From Recycled Tires Gets First Hearing in Legislature

March 17, 2015

Legislation by Senator Jerry Hill to impose a two-year moratorium in California on the installation of turf fields and playground surfaces containing waste tires gets its first hearing before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Prompted by increasing concerns that artificial turf fields made with crumbs of rubber from recycled tires may be linked to cancer and other illnesses in children, SB 47 would bar new fields containing this material from being installed while the state conducts a comprehensive study on potential health impacts for frequent users of these surfaces.

Senator Jerry Hill Introduces Bill To Enhance Transparency for the Use of Cell Phone Intercept Technology

February 27, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County/Santa Clara County, today introduced legislation that would require local governing bodies in California to take public comment before implementing cell phone intercept technology.

In the News

Union Challenges CPUC Law Deal

April 22, 2015

U-T San Diego: The union that represents state lawyers has challenged the $5.2 million contract between the California Public Utilities Commission and the Sheppard Mullin law firm, saying that government attorneys could do the work as effectively and for much less money.

Senator Hill Hosts 'Java with Jerry' in Portola Valley

April 22, 2015

Los Altos Patch: Have a question or concern about bills before the state Legislature? Want to know about the hottest issues in the Capitol?

Drinks, Dinners, Favors Helped PG&E Lobbyist Build PUC Ties, Emails Show

April 22, 2015

Los Angeles Times: Former Pacific Gas & Electric Co. chief lobbyist Brian Cherry was a master at schmoozing with state regulators.

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.