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Autonomous Cars Would Get Boost from New Bill

January 18, 2017

Daily Journal: As the world anxiously anticipates a future where autonomous vehicles transform transportation as we know it, a California lawmaker is hoping to make these technological advancements become reality a bit sooner.

Legislators React to Prudent Budget

January 11, 2017

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he anticipates changes during Brown’s May budget revision will reflect possible federal policy shifts. “There’s so much uncertainty in the future of California related to the economy, to economic growth as well as the effects of Washington,” Hill said. “What happens in the next three or four months, that will affect what we do.”

California Police Would Have to Disclose the Use of More Surveillance Devices Under This Proposed Law

January 06, 2017

Los Angeles Times: The bill, introduced last month by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), would require any local law enforcement agency in California that uses surveillance technology to submit a plan to local officials on how it uses the equipment and the information collected. Surveillance plans would have to be presented at an open hearing and would be required to include any facial recognition software, drones or even social media monitoring used by officers.

No Behind-the-Wheel Toking: New Bill Bans Cannabis Use While Driving

December 29, 2016

Mercury News: Newly introduced legislation seeks to ban behavior not addressed by California’s new pot law: toking while driving. It’s currently illegal to have an “open container” of weed in a vehicle. It’s also illegal to drive while high. But there’s a technical loophole in these existing laws, because they don’t specify cannabis usage while driving. 

Two New Commissioners for the CPUC

December 29, 2016

San Diego Union-Tribune: “They’re coming into the PUC with some tough challenges,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who has reintroduced legislation to reform the commission in the current lawmaking session in Sacramento. “They’ve got their work cut out for them, frankly.”

New Year Brings in New Laws

December 29, 2016

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was also successful in creating a statewide program requiring those convicted of drunk driving to install ignition interlock devices. A current four-county pilot program will be expanded to drivers across California beginning Jan. 1, 2019

New Laws for Child Seats, Cell Phones in Cars Coming in 2017

December 27, 2016

Calaveras Enterprise: Senate Bill 1046 by Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requires driving under the influence offenders to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles for a specified period of time in order to get a restricted driver’s license or to reinstate their license. The law also removes the required suspension time before a person can get a restricted license, provided that the offenders install the devices on their vehicles.

PG&E fined for using unqualified contractors to make 500,000 gas-system inspections

December 23, 2016

Mercury News: State regulators slapped PG&E with a $5.45 million fine Friday for using unqualified contractors to inspect its natural gas system, which raised fresh worries about the gas network’s safety in the wake of a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

Calif. Bill Urges States to Use Popular Vote in Choosing President

December 23, 2016

Inquirer.Net: State Senators Jerry Hill and Ben Allen filed a joint resolution calling on other states to pass National Popular Vote legislation to ensure that electoral votes for the president of the United States reflect the will of American voters, superseding the Electoral College.

Editorial: Governor’s Appointments Can Restore PUC Trust

December 21, 2016

Mercury News: Governor Jerry Brown has a golden opportunity to name two new commissioners to the California Public Utility Commission who will make safety and the public’s interest their top priority.