Sacramento Bee: At Monday’s hearing, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, emphasized that the patient notification efforts are not directed at the thousands of California doctors who do “excellent” work, but at the relatively few who wind up on probation for misconduct.
Mercury News: PG&E and state regulators should take steps to ease the sting of soaring power bills during the winter — a surge that could be followed by even worse rate shocks this summer and next winter — a key state lawmaker demanded on Wednesday.
Atlanta Constitution-Journal: In California, lawmakers are trying, for a second time, to remove the shroud that lets doctors hide their transgressions from patients. A state Senate committee in Sacramento released a report last week listing 552 California doctors who are on probation for a wide variety of serious offenses — including 78 who engaged in sexual misconduct with patients. The report renewed an effort by California State Sen. Jerry Hill to force doctors to reveal their disciplinary history to every patient. Last year, Hill’s first attempt failed under heavy lobbying by California doctors.
Half Moon Bay Review: After severe storms in January and February flooded and closed Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, and state Sen. Jerry Hill toured the damaged area. Shortly afterward, San Mateo County declared a local emergency for storm-related damage.
East Bay Times: You deserve to know. It’s long past time for state lawmakers to require that doctors reveal their probationary status to patients. These are not physicians who have committed minor transgressions; they’re generally one step away from losing their California licenses to practice medicine after egregious behavior.
San Francisco Chronicle: A PG&E critic, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, whose district includes San Bruno, said Tuesday that he was somewhat surprised by Filip’s selection. “He seems to have spent more time getting big companies out of messes than working to get them to clean up their messes,” Hill said.
Daily Californian: After a June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, state legislators have introduced a new bill that aims to prevent future collapses by requiring inspections at least once every five years. Senate Bill 721 was authored by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and coauthored by state Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.