In the News

August 30, 2017

Mercury News: The measure, Senate Bill 42, sponsored by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would create a new account within the State Lands Commission that could accept outside donations, providing the agency money to take a public easement over the road by eminent domain.

August 29, 2017

San Diego Union-Tribune: In 2015, two state laws were enacted in California that required police agencies to develop privacy and appropriate-use policies for cell-phone intercept and automatic license-plate reading devices. Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, thinks this should apply to other related technologies as well.

August 28, 2017

Southern California Public Radio: "We’re not going to give up," said Hill. "It’s too important and too much of an issue that has long-term consequences if we don’t continue the fight."

August 27, 2017

Los Angeles Times: In 2015, California lawmakers passed the sweeping Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which prohibited any investigative body in the state from forcing businesses to turn over digital communications without a warrant. That same year, state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) introduced legislation to compel local law enforcement agencies to disclose more information about the use of stingrays in California.

August 23, 2017

Sacramento Bee: A bill currently in the Legislature would require police agencies, including SacRT, to draw up a surveillance policy by July 2018 and have that policy approved during a public hearing by the agency’s board of elected officials. Under that bill, SB 21 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, any new surveillance technology considered for use after that date also would have to have local board approval before being put to use.

August 19, 2017

Sacramento Bee: Sen. Jerry Hill had the audacity to challenge the California Nurses Association in his bill, SB 799. It was modest. He merely sought to require that hospitals inform the Board of Registered Nursing when nurses are fired or forced to resign for, say, drug abuse that endangers patients. We thought that was reasonable, and said so in an editorial.

August 18, 2017

Mercury News:

Mercury News: So state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has submitted SB 797. It sets out a scrupulously fair procedure and a high threshold for placing something on the ballot, including support from all the counties and transit agencies and a two-thirds vote by the Caltrain board. Lawmakers should approve it quickly...

August 17, 2017

Rewire: “I am concerned about the action by the board and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ response to it, and will be following up on this matter,” said Senator Hill.

August 16, 2017

Sacramento Bee: In the vast majority of instances, Californians can trust their health to their doctors and nurses. Not so the organizations that represent doctors and nurses – or the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, which appears to need a backbone transplant. That’s the lesson Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is learning as he pushes two bills that would allow the boards that license and regulate doctors and nurses to continue operating beyond the end of the year.

August 14, 2017

Daily Journal: Everyone complains about traffic. Highway 101 seems impossible almost any time of the day but especially during peak hours. Even peaceful Interstate 280 gets crowded. The proposed solution is a three-county, eighth-cent sales tax, which would have to be approved by San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara county voters, to provide that permanent source of funding.