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September 15, 2017

Patch.com: On Monday, the governor signed 24 bills into law while vetoing two others. One of the most notable new laws has to do with the use of recreational marijuana. SB 65 aims at making sure drivers or passengers in vehicles do not smoke or consume marijuana in any form.

September 14, 2017

NBC 11: Patient advocates looking to reform the maligned Medical Board of California were dealt a blow this week as the Legislature passed a bill to renew the watchdog agency for four more years without significant change. The board was created to protect patients from dangerous doctors, but as the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reported, patients can wait years for the board to deliver justice.
 

September 14, 2017

KPBS: If doctors are on probation, "they are required by law to notify the insurance company and required by law to notify the hospital that they are affiliated with but the most important person in the healthcare continuum is the patient. They are not required to be notified. There is something wrong with that," said Senator Jerry Hill.

September 14, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: Hill authored a bill that was signed into law last year that requires law enforcement officers to pay fines of $1,000 if they fail to lock up their guns in unattended vehicles — a rule civilians have had to follow for some time. He called for the San Francisco district attorney’s office to consider charging the officer with the infraction...

September 13, 2017

CalMatters: Senate Bill 769 was just one of dozens of measures that were effectively killed by legislative appropriations committees this month without formal votes or explanations why. All of the sidetracked bills were important to their sponsors and legislative authors, of course, but few had the potential socioeconomic impact of SB 769, which would have extended a pilot program allowing community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in a few technical fields.

September 11, 2017

Los Angeles Times: With state-licensed marijuana sales months away, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that prohibits smoking or consuming cannabis while driving or riding in a vehicle in California.

September 11, 2017

San Diego Union-Tribune: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, amended his latest bill to reform the utilities commission late last week, saying it would not otherwise have passed.

September 08, 2017

RewireNews: The California nursing board has rejected a course on so-called abortion “reversal,” issuing a cease-and-desist letter to force a national anti-choice group to stop teaching the unproven practice.

September 07, 2017

Mercury News: “I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues in the Assembly for their affirmation of the public’s right to access California’s beaches,” said Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, the bill’s sponsor, after the 54-20 vote. “It’s high time for that gate to be opened with a sign reading, ‘public welcome.'”

September 07, 2017

Sacramento Bee: Under Hill’s bill, judges would conduct private interviews with children 15 or younger who seek to marry. The bill also would require that data on the prevalence of child marriage be collected. As we say, it’s a start.