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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.

La Honda All Volunteer Fire Brigade 7th Annual “Oughta Be A Law … or Not” Contest

February 27, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County/Santa Clara County, today introduced legislation that would exempt California’s roughly 250 All-Volunteer Fire Departments from sales tax on fundraising activities. Senate Bill 598 was suggested by the La Honda Fire Brigade, the winner of Hill’s seventh annual “Oughta Be A Law … or Not” contest.

Senator Jerry Hill Introduces Legislation to Combat 'Nightmare Bacteria'

February 24, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, today introduced legislation to ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics in California nursing homes, which can serve as reservoirs of antibiotic resistance.

In the News

Legislators in Favor of Affordable Housing Fee

February 27, 2015

Daily Journal: With Californians reportedly spending disproportionate amounts of their income on housing and a growing scarcity of affordable places to live in the Bay Area, local legislators are cautiously optimistic about a package of legislation proposed to address the statewide crisis.

California Bill Seeks to Curb Antibiotic Resistance in Nursing Homes

February 27, 2015

Inquirer.Net: A bill to ensure the proper use of antibiotics in California nursing homes has been introduced in the State Legislature, following the recent disclosure that drug-resistant bacteria may have infected as many as 179 patients at a Southern California medical center and is suspected in at least two deaths at the facility.

Dinner for Ex-PUC Chief Peevey Nets $55,000 in Gifts for UC Berkeley

February 25, 2015

Los Angeles Times: More than $55,000 was donated to UC Berkeley in honor of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey, who stepped down in December amid scandal.

In My Own Words

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.

Time to Negotiate a Solution to Martins Beach Access

August 12, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle Guest Editorial: It’s time for everyone involved with the Martins Beach public access issue to sit down and negotiate a solution. The public has been deprived of this natural treasure since 2010 and it could be several more years before the court battles get resolved.

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.