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June 01, 2018

Mercury News: [Brady Campaign spokeswoman Amanda] Wilcox said a couple of bills her organization supported stalled. One, SB 1185 by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would require law enforcement agencies to account for all firearms in their possession, whether service weapons or confiscated guns. It did not appear to have organized opposition, but Wilcox suggested costs to implement the law may have been a concern.

 

June 01, 2018

Los Angeles Times: Under SB 1186 by San Mateo Democrat Jerry Hill, police departments wouldn’t be able to use drones or other surveillance technology without a city council, police commission or other public body first adopting a deployment policy at an open meeting at which the public has an opportunity to weigh in. Police would still be able to snoop, and they would still be able to spend public money to do so. But they at least would be required to disclose how they’re doing it. Without safeguards and disclosure, police power is too intrusive and is insufficiently balanced by accountability to the public.

June 01, 2018

East Bay Times / Mercury News: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said this news organization’s findings show lawmakers need to make changes. “The legislature has already made (inspections) a priority,” said Hill, who has taken the lead in the Legislature on other public safety issues such as demanding reforms after PG&E’s San Bruno pipeline explosion. Gaps between inspections show “a violation of a law the legislature has already established,” Hill said. “The law itself is not adequate. There is no carrot or stick.”

May 31, 2018

YubaNet.com: The State Senate advanced SB 1186 to the Assembly for consideration. SB 1186, introduced by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) requires public debate and a vote by local elected leaders prior to law enforcement’s acquisition of new surveillance technology, among other oversight protections.

May 30, 2018

Consumer Watchdog: The California State Senate rejected secrecy about physician sexual assault and other doctor misconduct today when it voted 28-3 to support SB 1448 by Senator Jerry Hill to require physicians disclose to their patients when they are on probation for causing patient harm. The California Medical Association opposed SB 1448 despite amendments taken by Senator Hill to narrow the bill to require disclosure only by physicians on probation for the most serious violations involving sexual misconduct, drug abuse, a criminal conviction or overprescribing that results in patient harm.

May 29, 2018

Mercury News: PG&E executives have vowed to wage a multi-front battle to upend rules that now make it harder to pass the costs of wildfire liabilities along to customers in the form of higher monthly energy bills. Sen. Jerry Hill, whose district includes portions of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, criticized PG&E harshly for its efforts. “PG&E is trying to change the conversation and the narrative from negligence and their possible responsibility and call all of it the new normal,” he said. “There is nothing new about PG&E’s negligence. We saw it eight years ago in San Bruno.”

May 26, 2018

CBS / KPIX: A Bay Area lawmaker is accusing PG&E of covering up after a new report blames the utility company for sparking several fires in Northern California. State Senator Jerry Hill says PG&E is lobbying to change state laws around fire liability. “They don’t want their shareholders to pay the money,” says Hill. “They want the ratepayers and the state of California to pick up the cost. They will I believe do anything, say anything, and spend any amount of money to do that.”

 

May 25, 2018

KGO-TV/ ABC 7: Senator Jerry Hill says PG&E is lobbying in Sacramento to change the rules around fire liability. He said the latest determinations from Cal Fire show why that shouldn't happen. "There is a distance requirement from their polls, from their wires. If they keep to that distance then there shouldn't be a problem," said Hill.

May 25, 2018

Sacramento Bee: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said the investigations prove PG&E's narrative is a ruse. “What the investigation found is clearly the old normal," Hill said. "In three cases, there was vegetation that investigators deemed too close to PG&E power lines: trees that should have been maintained but were not."

May 25, 2018

KQED: "In three cases, there was vegetation that investigators deemed too close to PG&E power lines: trees that should have been maintained but were not. If PG&E is ultimately found to be negligent or didn’t properly maintain vegetation or its infrastructure, then PG&E should pay," Hill added.