Press Releases

Hill, Mullin Introduce Bill To Bar PG&E From Taking Tax Deductions For $1.6B Fine For San Bruno Blast

June 26, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties and Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, today introduced legislation that would prohibit Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) from taking $1.3 billion in state tax deductions for the $1.6 billion fine that was levied against the utility for the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

Senator Jerry Hill Names The Reading Bug “Small Business of the Year”

June 11, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, honored The Reading Bug and owners Lauren and Diane Savage this week as the Small Business of the Year in the 13th Senate District.

Senate Passes Bills by Senator Jerry Hill to Increase Government Transparency, Protect Consumers, Modernize Outdated Laws and Increase Safety

June 04, 2015

Twenty-three bills by State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, were approved by the State Senate before it closed down for the week today in advance of Friday’s deadline for legislation to be passed out of the house of origin.

In the News

PG&E $1.6 Billion Explosion Tax Break Under Fire

June 29, 2015

Forbes: On September 9, 2010, a horrific pipeline explosion and fire destroyed a neighborhood in San Bruno, California. The catastrophe killed eight, injured 66, and destroyed 38 homes. Few have forgotten. A record $1.6 billion package of fines and penalties was imposed by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Two California Bills Taking on Spying by “Stingrays” Pass Out of Committee

June 26, 2015

Tenth Amendment Center: Two California bills that would work together to end the warrantless use of “stingrays” passed unanimously out of an important Assembly committee on Tuesday. Passage into law would not only help protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

Legislation Would Bar PG&E Tax Deductions for $1.6 Billion Penalty in San Bruno Explosion

June 26, 2015

Contra Costa Times: PG&E would not be able to harvest a tax windfall from state authorities by taking a tax deduction for a record-setting $1.6 billion penalty because it caused a fatal explosion in San Bruno, under legislation introduced Friday by two Bay Area state lawmakers.

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.