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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

DUI Lockout Bill Hits Snag

March 26, 2015

Daily Journal: A statewide proposal aimed at forcing convicted drunk drivers to install vehicle ignition-attached breathalyzers hit a bump in the road Tuesday as state Sen. Jerry Hill agreed to wait until the Department of Motor Vehicles releases a comprehensive report on a four-year pilot program aimed at reducing recidivism.

Funds for Safety Went to Utility Execs' Pay Instead, PUC President Says

March 25, 2015

Los Angeles Times: Money collected from ratepayers and earmarked for pipeline safety was instead spent on executive pay raises by the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., in the months before a deadly pipeline explosion in 2010, lawmakers were told Wednesday.

Brittany Maynard: Terminally Ill Californians Should Have Right to Die at Home

March 25, 2015

Contra Costa Times: After two hours of emotional testimony that moved some lawmakers to tears, a bill that would allow terminally ill Californians to take their own lives cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when it won the approval of a key Senate panel.

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.