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Three Cities Consider Joint Fire Department

July 21, 2016

Daily Journal: Firefighters in San Mateo, Belmont and Foster City could soon have a lot more in common than just their profession, they could end up working for the same department. First, consolidating the departments through a JPA and offering a “hybrid” retirement plan requires the state Legislature’s approval. This has prompted state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to propose Senate Bill 24, which officials are hopeful will be enacted in January.

PG&E Put Safety Literally Last On Its List Of Priorities, Documents Show

July 08, 2016

SFist: Leading up to the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight people, injured dozens more, and destroyed 38 homes, Pacific Gas & Electric kept a list of priorities. The very literal list, which the Chronicle reports was revealed yesterday in federal court during the ongoing criminal trial over the explosion, paints a picture of a company putting profits above all else — most definitely including safety.

Nationwide, Doctors Who Sexually Abuse Their Patients Continue to Practice

July 06, 2016

KQED News: Just weeks after the California Senate refused to advance a bill requiring doctors to notify their patients that they were on probation for — among other things — sexual abuse of patients, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published a stunning investigation exposing just how easy it is for these physicians to continue practicing...That’s the consumer blind spot that state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, sought to illuminate with Senate Bill 1033.

Mercury News Editorial: Rape is Rape, Whether Victim is Conscious or Not

July 06, 2016

Mercury News: Outrage at the slap-on-the-wrist sentence of Brock Turner in the Stanford attempted rape case quickly spread to the California Legislature, where several members stepped up with proposals to sharpen the laws that allowed it to happen.

State Budgets $10 Million for Earthquake Early Warning System

July 03, 2016

Lake County News: Governor Jerry Brown has signed a 2016-17 state budget that provides $10 million to help launch a statewide earthquake early-warning system.

Senator Defends DUI Interlock Bill

July 02, 2016

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill and officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving have raised concerns over a recently released Department of Motor Vehicles report that questions the efficacy of DUI ignition interlock devices.


Mercury News Editorial: PUC Desperately Needs Reforms

June 30, 2016

Mercury News: Give Assemblymember Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, and state senators Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, credit for their persistent work to secure the agreement on new rules.

California Bill would Outlaw “Rehoming” of Adopted Children

June 30, 2016

The Chronicle of Social Change: California may soon enact legislation to protect children from being moved from one adoptive family to another without legal oversight. The practice, known as “rehoming,” has been found to expose adopted children to abuse and has highlighted loopholes in the U.S.’ child welfare system.

Drunk Driving Legislation Passes Unanimously

June 29, 2016  Two California Assembly Committees have passed important, life-saving drunk driving legislation with unanimous votes. The next stop for SB 1046 by Senator Jerry Hill, which would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders in California, is the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Sweeping Public Utilities Commission Changes Announced

June 27, 2016

Sacramento Bee: A deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced Monday will bring major changes to the oft-criticized California Public Utilities Commission, including removing the regulator’s enforcement authority over ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.