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August 26, 2013

Legislature Sends Governor Bill by Senator Jerry Hill Limiting High-Speed Rail on the Peninsula to Two Tracks Along Caltrain Right-of-Way

Senate Bill 557 Would Close Loophole and Minimize Disruption to Peninsula Communities

San Bruno Patch: The Legislature today approved a bill by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that would create an additional safeguard restricting high-speed rail through the Peninsula to a blended, primarily two-track system to minimize impacts to communities along the Caltrain right-of-way.

August 26, 2013

Miami Herald: California pharmacists would be allowed to dispense substitute medications that are biologically similar to brand-name treatments under a bill that cleared the state Assembly on Monday.

August 26, 2013

San Mateo County Times: A proposed law to prevent the needless killing of mountain lions by state wardens cleared the Legislature on Monday and now awaits the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 26, 2013

San Bruno Patch: The Legislature today approved and sent to the governor a bill by Senator Jerry Hill that would authorize the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to partner with wildlife groups and nonprofits when responding to reports of mountain lions near residences that do not involve an imminent threat to human life.

August 22, 2013

San Bruno Patch: The Legislature has approved and sent to the governor a bill by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that would allow voters to confirm their mail-in ballot was counted. Senate Bill 589, which unanimously cleared the Senate today, stems from a bill idea that emerged from Hill’s annual “Oughta Be a Law … or Not” contest.

August 22, 2013

San Mateo County Times: An audit will examine whether the state agency charged with regulating limousines like the one involved in the deadly San Mateo bridge fire is doing its job, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

August 20, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. used flawed documents to improperly declare two Peninsula natural-gas pipelines safe, state regulators say - raising questions about whether the company has fixed record-keeping issues that contributed to the 2010 San Bruno disaster.

August 19, 2013

Associated Press via Mercury News: A bill headed to the governor's desk will allow voters to find out if their mail-in ballots are actually counted. SB589 by Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo would require county officials to establish a system allowing vote-by-mail voters to learn if their ballot was counted and, if it was not, why that is.

August 19, 2013

Mercury News: Kathleen Murphy suddenly finds herself keenly interested in news about actor Jason Patric...It's because of the legal and legislative battle Patric is now fighting with his ex- girlfriend for custody of a 3-year-old boy. Murphy's and Patric's children both were conceived through artificial insemination, and California lawmakers are now grappling with the moral and legal quandary of when a sperm donor is and isn't considered a legal parent.

August 06, 2013

NBC Bay Area: The Investigative Unit goes undercover to show Bay Area limo companies operating without active licenses and under-reporting passenger numbers, avoiding more rigorous safety inspections.