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Police Might Not Know Where Their Guns Are, and the Law Says That's OK

September 23, 2016

Orange County Register: State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has authored a bill now heading to the governor’s desk that would eliminate a loophole for police.

Gov Signs Bill to Streamline Environmental Review

September 23, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson to help expedite the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act, California’s landmark law for evaluating and mitigating the environmental impacts of development projects. Senate Bill 122, jointly authored by Senator Jerry Hill, creates efficiencies in the environmental review process without undermining the law’s overall goal of informed environmental decision-making.

State Auditor Calls for CPUC Reforms

September 22, 2016

San Diego Union-Tribune: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who has criticized the commission for years and authored numerous efforts at reform, said he will take up the state auditor’s recommendations in a new legislative package as soon as January.

Audit Slams PUC for Improper Influence, Contacts

September 22, 2016

Mercury News: The California Public Utilities Commission has neglected to guard against the appearance of being improperly influenced by outside interests and has failed to fully disclose key communications with utilities, the state auditor said in a scathing report released Thursday.

System Shields Doctors' Abuse Nationwide, Leaves Patients in the Dark

September 22, 2016

Atlanta Journal Constitution: No state routinely requires doctors to tell patients when they have faced disciplinary action, the newspaper's investigation found. Four states post no disciplinary records online, and at least nine purge case files after as little as five years. Twenty-one states sometimes handle issue secret orders that allow doctors to continue practice with no public hearings and no public scrutiny.

Editorial: Stopping Superbugs

September 20, 2016

Los Angeles Times: Scientists and public health officials have been warning for decades that overuse of antibiotics would inevitably lead to a rise of bacteria that have adapted to the drugs and developed a resistance to them. This is no longer a distant threat.

Governor Signs Bill in Wake of Deadly 2015 Berkeley Balcony Collapse

September 15, 2016

East Bay Times: Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill aimed at strengthening oversight of building contractors in response to the 2015 collapse of a balcony at a Berkeley apartment complex that killed six young people, including five from Ireland.


Bill Spurred By Balcony Collapse That Killed Rohnert Park Woman Signed Into Law

September 15, 2016

Rohnert Park Patch: Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 465 in a private ceremony Thursday morning attended by the family of the Rohnert Park student who died and Irish dignitaries representing the five exchange students killed and the seven others seriously injured when a balcony of a Berkeley apartment building collapsed.


Jerry Brown Signs Oversight Bill Prompted by Berkeley Balcony Collapse

September 15, 2016

Sacramento Bee: Fifteen months after the balcony collapse at a Berkeley apartment building that killed six people, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation increasing state oversight of California building contractors.

Letters: DUIs Should Trigger Ignition Interlock Device Requirement

September 14, 2016

Orange County Register: I was stunned to read the offensive piece by the managing director of the American Beverage Institute lobbying group. Using out-of-date studies, inapplicable data and baseless assertions, ABI attacked SB1046, the bipartisan ignition interlock device bill that passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously. SB1046 would expand the successful AB91 pilot program to all 58 counties in California.