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New Bill Would Extend and Expand CA's Community College Baccalaureate Pilot Program

February 28, 2017

San Diego Voice and Viewpoint: “California urgently needs more graduates with four-year degrees to the meet the state’s workforce demands,” said Senator Hill. “This bill increases the opportunities for more students to earn the four-year degrees that lead to the jobs that fuel California’s economy.”

PG&E Announces New Billing Changes Starting Next Month

February 28, 2017

Bay City News Service: Some PG&E customers may see lower energy bills, while others may see higher bills, starting next month due to changes being made to the company’s billing system, the gas and electric company announced Monday.

3 California Bills to Watch: Drugged Driving Consequences, Community College Degrees And Apartment Safety

February 27, 2017

San Mateo Patch: California lawmakers are keeping busy this winter, with dozens of new proposed laws in the works. Many of those bills come from one Bay Area state senator, who among other things, recently introduced legislation that would focus on dealing with those caught driving while impaired from the combined use of alcohol and drugs, the safety of apartment balconies and degrees offered at California community colleges.

Editorial: Patients Should Know Why Their Doctor Is On Probation

February 26, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: A vote last year on legislation requiring wayward doctors to disclose restrictions on their medical licenses to their patients suggested a number of state senators need to get their backbones examined...A new review of the California Medical Board and the hundreds of doctors it has put on probation gives board members and legislators another chance to register a pulse.

Should California Patients Be Told Doctor Is On Probation?

February 26, 2017

Mercury News: “We place doctors in a very high, prominent position in our society, and because of that, people are very trusting and less inclined to check the status of their physicians,’’ said Hill.

Growing Push for Patients To Get Notified About Doctors On Probation

February 25, 2017

San Diego Union-Tribune: Patient notification is a long-standing point of contention between the association, which represents more than 43,000 doctors statewide, and patient advocacy groups. Most recently, the names and violations of about 500 California doctors on probation — including 44 in San Diego County — were included in a research report that will be used to conduct the state medical board’s “sunset” review.

Warnings Sought for Doctors on Probation: State Sen. Jerry Hill Points to New Report as Committee Reviews California Medical Board

February 25, 2017

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is again urging the board to implement measures aimed at protecting and informing consumers. Hill, chair of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, is pointing to a report released this week that names hundreds of practicing doctors on probation for allegations including negligence, drug use and even sexual assault.

Hundreds of California Doctors on Probation

February 24, 2017

ABC10 San Diego: According to a new report, hundreds of doctors across California are on probation, some accused of serious crimes. The report comes ahead of a California State Senate committee meeting.

Should Patients Be Told Their Doctors Are On Probation? Capitol Hearing Revives Debate

February 23, 2017

Sacramento Bee: Calling it a “serious consumer protection issue,” state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, chair of the Senate Business Professions and Economic Development Committee, will revive the idea Monday during a committee hearing review of the Medical Board of California.

PG&E Says It Violated Drug, Alcohol Testing Rules

February 23, 2017

Mercury News: “It’s outrageous that PG&E didn’t report this for three years; there is no excuse for that,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose San Mateo district includes San Bruno.