In the News

July 10, 2017

KPCC/Southern California: There is currently no age limit for marriages in California. Right now the requirements for minors who want to tie the knot are parental consent and a court order. State senator Jerry Hill proposed a bill that would bar marriage for anyone under 18. SB273 is still moving through legislative committees, but a number of amendments have removed the age limit completely – in it’s current form, the bill adds more oversight from family courts before marriage to a juvenile can be approved.

July 08, 2017

KGO Radio 810: What do you think? Should patients be notified when doctors are placed on probation? What about nurses, nurses who are fired for offenses that endanger patients? California Senator Jerry Hill is joining us, we’re going to talk about a couple of bills he’s written: SB 798 and SB 799.

July 06, 2017

PBS Frontline: Over the last two years, Democratic and Republican lawmakers in California and across the nation have been grappling with whether to rewrite decades-old laws that have allowed thousands of minors to marry legally. Lawmakers in 11 states have proposed measures to raise the minimum marriage age. So far, four bills have succeeded.

July 06, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: A Bay Area legislator was shocked when he learned from a young constituent that while Californians cannot legally consent to sex until they are 18, they can — with the permission of a parent and a judge’s order — get married at any age, even if their spouse is many years older. “I thought, that can’t be true in California,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo. 

June 30, 2017

Los Angeles Times: The fate of Martins Beach holds great significance for Californians. Although they are not new, battles over public access to the beach have increased along with our state’s population and singular concentrations of wealth.

June 30, 2017

Governing Magazine: The state controller sits on the board, but other members, who are elected directly by voters in four separate districts, include ex-legislators who have chummy relations with their former colleagues. “It’s those relationships, I believe, that have kept reforms from happening,” says state Sen. Jerry Hill.

June 30, 2017

The Inertia: “This bill is not just about a beach in my Senate District, it’s about all of our constituents’ constitutional right to public beach access. This constitutional right is being threatened by a billionaire who wants a private beach,” Senator Hill said.

June 29, 2017

Los Angeles Daily News: In 2015, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 34 and Senate Bill 741 to require law enforcement agencies wishing to use automatic license plate readers or cell phone intercept devices to put in place privacy and use policies. Both bills were introduced by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and have been signed into law. Now, Hill is back with SB 21, with the aim of expanding public notice requirements to all surveillance technologies.

June 29, 2017 The California Senate adjourned its session Thursday in memory of Chinese community leader Arnold C. Lee at the request of Senators Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).

June 26, 2017

Mercury News: Voters in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County and San Francisco were asked in the poll if they would support a sales tax increase of one-eighth of a cent to double the ridership capacity of Caltrain — and 74 percent of the voters said they would, according to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The business group announced last week that it is sponsoring Senate Bill 797 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. The measure — supported by many state legislators from the Bay Area — would authorize county governments and transit authorities to place a 1/8-cent sales tax hike on a future ballot.