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April 17, 2018

Mercury News: State legislation that might inoculate PG&E and other utility monopolies from an array of liabilities in the wake of disasters such as a fatal gas explosion in San Bruno or a lethal inferno in the North Bay Wine Country gained an initial approval Tuesday — but only after a torrent of critics forced its author to vow to modify the proposed law. Sen. Hill, however, voted against the legislation because he believes no tinkering will remove the flaws that could degrade safety, shelter utility monopolies and enable rate increases to occur more readily.

April 15, 2018

Mercury News: State Sen. Jerry Hill, a San Mateo Democrat who helped broker a deal with Brisbane officials to allow housing on the Baylands site — pending voter approval — has heard similar sentiments. “It has, I’ve been told, relieved local elected officials from the pressure of local constituencies by placing the blame on Sacramento for things they feel are necessary but would have a difficult time doing on their own,” he said in an interview. “That, I have heard from some council members in my district.”

April 12, 2018

Sacramento News & Review: Sen. Jerry Hill, representing the Silicon Valley, was exhibiting concern about some of the software his own district produces. His Senate Bill 1186 would make law enforcement agencies follow the same transparency requirements that currently apply to license-plate readers and cellphone trackers when those agencies use video surveillance and facial recognition software, some of which are now operating on social media platforms.

April 10, 2018

Los Angeles Times: A bill by state Sen. Jerry Hill originally proposed a one-year suspension of driver’s licenses for minors caught for the first time driving with measurable amounts of marijuana in their system. Hill had said the state should have the same “zero tolerance” policy for cannabis that it has for those under 21 who drive under the influence of alcohol.

April 10, 2018

Ukiah Daily Journal: Six months after the North Bay Fire Storm, legislation setting statewide emergency alert protocols was approved in its first official Senate Committee Hearing Tuesday. The legislation was introduced by Senator McGuire, along with joint authors Senators Bill Dodd and Jerry Hill, and principal co-authors Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Marc Levine, and Jim Wood.

April 10, 2018

Sacramento Bee: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, calls any action to let PG&E “off the hook” premature until investigations determine the cause of the fires. “What they are arguing is that they need immunity for the fires last year because without it and based on strict liability in the current law they will be held responsible and that would force them into bankruptcy,” Hill said. “What we know as fact is that the current system works perfectly in allocating costs and responsibility.”

April 10, 2018

StreetsBlog California: Senator Jerry Hill returns once again with an attempt to lower the fine for drivers ticketed for turning right on a red light without stopping. S.B. 1132 is set for a hearing next week.

April 10, 2018

Capital Public Radio: Olympians who were abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar spoke in support of legislation (by Senator Jerry Hill) Monday that would make California the first state to require doctors to tell their patients if they are on probation by the medical board for wrongdoing, including sexual misconduct.

April 10, 2018

KCRA 3: It is Senate Bill 1273, sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill. Today it will have a hearing before the Senate Public Safety Committee. Before that, they will have a press conference to discuss the details of the legislation. Speaking today will be retired Lieutenant Robert McGrory -- his son was a CHP officer killed by an 18-year-old driver under the influence of marijuana.

April 09, 2018

KCRA 3: Olympians who were abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar spoke in support of legislation Monday that would make California the first state to require doctors to tell their patients if they are on probation for wrongdoing, including sexual misconduct Patients can find information online about which doctors are on probation if they know where to look. The measure from Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill would force doctors to tell patients about their probation status and the basic details of its terms.