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January 04, 2018

Sierra Sun Times: Six legislators co-author Hill’s SB 823 to eliminate fees for consumers who want to protect financial and personal data held by credit reporting agencies.

January 03, 2018

NBC Bay Area: Pacific Gas and Electric officials now say that before the North Bay firestorm, the company only shut down 38 of the several thousand automated devices that some experts believe started the wildfires. In a letter last week to State Senator Jerry Hill the company discussed reclosers, devices that are designed to bolster reliability and limit outages.

January 03, 2018

Mercury News: Several state lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday to ensure California’s big utilities can’t saddle customers with higher rates if the utility has been negligent in connection with disasters such as wildfires…“The practice is an outrage and it’s time to stop allowing utilities to push the burden of their negligence onto the backs of customers,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill.

December 31, 2017

KQED: State officials plan to crack down on thousands of “dead” drivers…“This is depriving legitimate disabled people from using the spaces, and to some extent people build animosity toward the disabled community when they see that,” Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo said.

December 30, 2017

CBS SF Bay Area: PG&E acknowledges this in a letter sent to state senator Jerry Hill. The letter states: “While, as a general matter, PG&E believes that reclosing technology improves both reliability and safety, under certain circumstances, reclosing has the potential for wildfire risk.”

December 30, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: As of this week, a new state law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to overhaul its oversight of the disabled person parking placard program. It’s about time. SB611, by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requires the DMV to obtain medical certificates from placard applicants before granting them a placard that allows them to park at any street meter for free, all day, or at prime stalls in front of store parking lots.

December 30, 2017

LA Times: Amid battles with President Trump over his calls to shut down the nation's borders and increase deportations, California lawmakers focused this last legislative session on keeping personal data collected by state and local agencies away from the federal government…In an area where there are no federal rules, state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) has said he plans to introduce legislation to prevent credit agencies from charging up to $10 to place or lift a credit freeze.

December 29, 2017

NBC Bay Area: With the legal use of recreational marijuana set to take effect Monday, law enforcement agencies are bracing for people getting high then getting behind the wheel…State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, authored a law that bans passengers from lighting up in a car.

December 29, 2017

Mercury News: The Christmas Eve death of a California Highway Patrol rookie officer serves as a tragic warning of the dangers ahead with the Jan. 1 legalization of marijuana…These won’t be easy problems to resolve. But California lawmakers should move quickly and rise to the challenge. This year, a bill by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that aimed to address the danger of combined consumption of alcohol and marijuana died in committee. SB 698 would have set a standard of 0.04 percent for alcohol when combined with 5 ng/ml for marijuana.

December 29, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who has long advocated for safer use of the devices, said: “A recloser, by its nature and how it functions, can easily start fires if they’re not deactivated. When we see PG&E only turned off three reclosers in the entire area of Sonoma and Napa counties, it leads one to believe that many weren’t deactivated, and that could have presented a potentially dangerous situation.”