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Hill's Bill to Heighten Electric Grid Security Sent to Governor

August 29, 2014

The state Senate today sent the governor legislation by Senator Jerry Hill that would require the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt rules compelling utilities to protect the state’s electric power grid from vandalism and attack.

Senator Leno, Speaker Atkins, Senator Hill and Calif. Clean Money Campaign Commit to Future Work on the California DISCLOSE Act

August 29, 2014

Senator Mark Leno, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Senator Jerry Hill on Friday said they would continue next year working with the California Clean Money Campaign on campaign finance transparency, after announcing that the California DISCLOSE Act (SB 52) did not have the support it needed to earn passage this year. Because the bill amends the Political Reform Act of 1974, it requires a two-thirds vote to pass both houses of the legislature.

Hill’s Bill to Require State Regulation of Auto Shredding Facilities Heads to the Governor

August 28, 2014

The California Senate today sent to the governor legislation by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, to require the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to regulate shredded automobile and metal appliance waste.

In the News

California Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Electrical Grid Safety

August 29, 2014

NBC Bay Area: The state Senate passed a bill Friday that would beef up security for California's electrical grid.

PUC Launches Probe into Breach at PG&E Substation in San Jose

August 28, 2014

Contra Costa Times: SAN JOSE -- State regulators Thursday opened an investigation into the second major security breach at PG&E's Metcalf electricity substation in South San Jose amid rising criticism about how the embattled utility safeguards the region's vital electrical system.

Hill’s Limo Safety Bill Moving to Governor

August 28, 2014

San Mateo Daily Journal: A limousine safety bill inspired by a fatal fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge that claimed five lives awaits the governor’s signature after passage Wednesday by the state Legislature.

In My Own Words

Gov. Brown Signs Hill’s AP Test Law

August 23, 2014

Daily Journal: Legislation prompted by hundreds of Mills High School advanced placement test takers having their scores tossed because of seating irregularities is now law.

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.

Guest Perspective: Dalip Singh Saund, Inspiring Leadership

May 05, 2014

Daily Journal: A couple of years ago, I met a constituent whose family history now reminds me how inspiration comes from all corners. Sometimes we discover it anew. Sometimes it’s purely by coincidence.

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.