Press Releases

Hill Introduces Bill Requiring Law Enforcement Officers to Securely Store Handguns Left in Vehicles

January 12, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, introduced legislation today to require law enforcement officers to securely stow any handgun they leave in vehicles – closing a legal loophole that exempts peace officers from a California gun safety standard.

Senator Hill Introduces 9 Reform Bills; 3 Stem from 'Oughta Be A Law' Constituent Ideas

January 04, 2016

Senator Jerry Hill introduces nine reform bills, including that three – legislation focusing on issues of affordable housing, excessive water use, and “right on red” traffic violations – that were proposed by a nun, a San Mateo homeowner and a San Bruno resident during Senator Hill’s eighth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for constituents.

Senator Jerry Hill to Introduce Several New Reforms When Legislature Reconvenes January 4

December 31, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, will introduce measures to require fines for excessive water users, revise penalties for right-turn-on-red traffic violations, set stricter rules for inspecting tour buses, and more, on January 4 when the Legislature reconvenes.

In the News

Hill, Gray & Hertzberg to Introduce Legislation Launching California’s Earthquake Early Warning System

February 05, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties), Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) will introduce legislation Monday to start funding a statewide earthquake early warning system to help save lives and protect the public before temblors strike.

The Fine Could Go Down For Rolling Right Turns On Red In California

January 20, 2016

KYMX CBS Local: A California Senate committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill reducing the $500 fine for rolling right turns on red. State Senator Jerry Hill says it makes sense to reduce the amount of the fine because of how it could financially hurt people in poverty.

State Pushes Bill To Reduce Red Light Fine

January 20, 2016

KABC LA: A state lawmaker is pushing a bill that would sharply reduce the fine for failing to come to a complete stop while making a right turn at a red light. Senator Jerry Hill from San Mateo says SB 681 addresses a fine hike passed into law in 1997 in which driving straight through a red light would result in a 500 dollar fine. Making the rolling right, was supposedly a lesser crime with a lesser fine.

In My Own Words

After San Francisco Tour Bus Crash, State Seeks Stricter Rules

January 05, 2016

CBS SF Bay Area: Nearly two months after an out-of-control tour bus crashed in Downtown San Francisco, state lawmakers are trying to put the brakes on problem buses that slip through the cracks.

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.

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.