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Hill Introduces Bill to Require Ignition Interlock Devices for Convicted Drunk Drivers

December 29, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill – joined by representatives for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and law enforcement officers from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties – will hold a news conference in Redwood City (Courthouse Square) to announce he is introducing legislation to require all drivers convicted of driving under the influence to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their vehicles. In the past 30 years, more than 50,000 people have died in California because of drunk drivers and more than one million have been injured. Repeat DUI offenders account for about a third of annual DUI convictions

Hill Introduces Bill Banning New Artificial Turf Fields Made With Recycled Tires While State Studies Possible Link To Cancer And Other Health Risks

December 17, 2014

Prompted by increasing concerns that artificial turf fields made with crumbs of rubber from recycled tires may be linked to serious illnesses in children, Senator Jerry Hill today introduced legislation that would prohibit the installation of these surfaces in schools and parks in California while the state conducts a study to determine possible health risks.

Hill Introduces Bills to Earmark Bulk of Billion-Dollar PG&E Fine to Pipeline Safety, Require Greater Transparency for Travel by Public Officials and Extend Youth Tobacco Laws to E-Cigarettes

December 01, 2014

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara counties, introduced five bills today covering a range of issues, including consumer protection, greater transparency of travel by elected officials and privacy safeguards.

In the News

San Bruno: PUC Judge Orders PG&E to Turn Over 65,000 Emails

January 14, 2015

Mercury News: A state law judge on Tuesday ordered PG&E to turn over to state regulators 65,000 emails that may produce a more complete picture of what is described as a cozy relationship between PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission regarding a fatal explosion in San Bruno and other issues.

Feds Blast Calif. Regulator Over Sloppy Pipeline Oversight

January 08, 2015

Law360.com: Federal regulators are blasting the California Public Utilities Commission — which oversees the operation of natural-gas pipelines by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others — for sloppiness and in its investigations and record-keeping, and for proposing lax financial penalties.

State PUC Blistered in Audit for Slow, Sloppy Probes

January 08, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle: The state agency responsible for ensuring Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities operate their natural-gas systems safely has a two-year backlog of unfinished investigations, and its probes are often poorly documented and seldom result in penalties against the companies, a federal audit has found.

In My Own Words

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.

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.