In the News

May 10, 2017

Los Angeles Times: “Taking unfair advantage of our state’s disabled placard program is an act of fraud,” state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said. “We must ensure that the DMV is equipped with the tools to effectively oversee the program so that it properly serves disabled drivers and works to eliminate abuse of the system.”

May 10, 2017

Sacramento Bee: A California lawmaker announced new legislation Wednesday to rein in the Department of Motor Vehicles’ disabled parking program after a state audit found widespread abuse of the system. Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he intends to amend existing legislation, Senate Bill 611, to carry out California State Auditor Elaine Howle’s recommendations to clean up the program.

May 10, 2017

Courthouse News Service:On Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol and officers from the Sacramento Police Department held a demonstration at the state Capitol to educate legislators and the public about current procedures and emerging technology to detect drugged driving.State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said the effort to protect California drivers is both bipartisan and bicameral.

May 09, 2017

KPIX/CBS Bay Area: A Bay Area lawmaker is leading the charge to protect young women from underage marriages. Despite the young girls’ emotional testimony, a fight for tougher restrictions in California is experiencing some surprising pushback.

May 09, 2017

Sacramento Bee: A watered-down version of a bill that originally sought to ban marriage for people under 18 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

May 08, 2017

East County Today: Local school districts would have more flexibility in managing their own money during economic downturns under legislation approved on Monday by the Senate.

May 07, 2017

Los Angeles Times: It’s been almost three years since Gov. Jerry Brown pushed a controversial plan through the Legislature that, under the right conditions, would force some school districts to spend when they would rather save — and district leaders across California howled in protest. They hope this is the summer when they finally get back some of that control. “The longer the current cap is in place, the more it threatens the ability of California schools to maintain their physical solvency and provide their students the best possible education,” state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said at a legislative hearing last month.

May 03, 2017

KCRA: Driving impaired is illegal in all 50 states. However, laws and interpretations vary about the definition of drug impairment. “I just know how that affects people and their families and we need to change that,” Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said. Hill lost his best friend in a drunk driving crash 30 years ago. He is trying to crack down on drugged driving with two pieces of legislation that are moving through the Capitol.

May 02, 2017

EFF.org: All surveillance is political. Nowhere is this more evident than on the local level when law enforcement acquires new surveillance technology. Too often, the political process advantages police over the public interest. In California, a new bill—S.B. 21—offers the rare opportunity to shift the balance in favor of privacy. 

May 02, 2017

Capitol Weekly: If the DMV proceeds on its current course, there may be another answer. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced S.B. 145, which would remove the 180-day waiting period from statute. Should the bill become law, permit applications for safety updates would require only the usual modest delays associated with administrative review.