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Bill Aims to Track Number of 'Superbug' Infections and Deaths

January 20, 2017

KPCC: A bill pending in the state legislature would require California hospitals to start reporting all infections and deaths from antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." The measure would also require doctors to report some of these infections on death certificates.

Senator Says Berkeley Tragedy Bill ‘Will Save Lives’

January 20, 2017

Irish Times:“It took an awfully long time to get something that we thought was so important,” says Hill. “Failing was not an option and so we worked very hard. 

Inauguration Spurs Protest, Hope: San Mateo County Reacts to Change in Presidential Administration

January 20, 2017

Daily Journal: For many of the events taking place this week, informal conversations about the November election and the changes ahead sparked energy for further dialogue and change. This was the case for Terri Cook...Cook started reaching out to local leaders and quickly found great interest within the community for a local event, one with a positive focus and would direct attention away from negative sentiments regarding the incoming administration.

Autonomous Cars Would Get Boost from New Bill

January 18, 2017

Daily Journal: As the world anxiously anticipates a future where autonomous vehicles transform transportation as we know it, a California lawmaker is hoping to make these technological advancements become reality a bit sooner.

Legislators React to Prudent Budget

January 11, 2017

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he anticipates changes during Brown’s May budget revision will reflect possible federal policy shifts. “There’s so much uncertainty in the future of California related to the economy, to economic growth as well as the effects of Washington,” Hill said. “What happens in the next three or four months, that will affect what we do.”

California Police Would Have to Disclose the Use of More Surveillance Devices Under This Proposed Law

January 06, 2017

Los Angeles Times: The bill, introduced last month by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), would require any local law enforcement agency in California that uses surveillance technology to submit a plan to local officials on how it uses the equipment and the information collected. Surveillance plans would have to be presented at an open hearing and would be required to include any facial recognition software, drones or even social media monitoring used by officers.

No Behind-the-Wheel Toking: New Bill Bans Cannabis Use While Driving

December 29, 2016

Mercury News: Newly introduced legislation seeks to ban behavior not addressed by California’s new pot law: toking while driving. It’s currently illegal to have an “open container” of weed in a vehicle. It’s also illegal to drive while high. But there’s a technical loophole in these existing laws, because they don’t specify cannabis usage while driving. 

Two New Commissioners for the CPUC

December 29, 2016

San Diego Union-Tribune: “They’re coming into the PUC with some tough challenges,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who has reintroduced legislation to reform the commission in the current lawmaking session in Sacramento. “They’ve got their work cut out for them, frankly.”

New Year Brings in New Laws

December 29, 2016

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was also successful in creating a statewide program requiring those convicted of drunk driving to install ignition interlock devices. A current four-county pilot program will be expanded to drivers across California beginning Jan. 1, 2019

New Laws for Child Seats, Cell Phones in Cars Coming in 2017

December 27, 2016

Calaveras Enterprise: Senate Bill 1046 by Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requires driving under the influence offenders to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles for a specified period of time in order to get a restricted driver’s license or to reinstate their license. The law also removes the required suspension time before a person can get a restricted license, provided that the offenders install the devices on their vehicles.