In the News

February 28, 2017

Atlanta Constitution-Journal: In California, lawmakers are trying, for a second time, to remove the shroud that lets doctors hide their transgressions from patients.

 

 

February 28, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: A PG&E critic, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, whose district includes San Bruno, said Tuesday that he was somewhat surprised by Filip’s selection. “He seems to have spent more time getting big companies out of messes than working to get them to clean up their messes,” Hill said.

February 28, 2017

Daily Californian: After a June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, state legislators have introduced a new bill that aims to prevent future collapses by requiring inspections at least once every five years. Senate Bill 721 was authored by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and coauthored by state Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. 

February 28, 2017

San Diego Voice and Viewpoint: “California urgently needs more graduates with four-year degrees to the meet the state’s workforce demands,” said Senator Hill. “This bill increases the opportunities for more students to earn the four-year degrees that lead to the jobs that fuel California’s economy.”

February 28, 2017

Bay City News Service: Some PG&E customers may see lower energy bills, while others may see higher bills, starting next month due to changes being made to the company’s billing system, the gas and electric company announced Monday.

February 27, 2017

San Mateo Patch: California lawmakers are keeping busy this winter, with dozens of new proposed laws in the works. Many of those bills come from one Bay Area state senator, who among other things, recently introduced legislation that would focus on dealing with those caught driving while impaired from the combined use of alcohol and drugs, the safety of apartment balconies and degrees offered at California community colleges.

February 26, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle: A vote last year on legislation requiring wayward doctors to disclose restrictions on their medical licenses to their patients suggested a number of state senators need to get their backbones examined...A new review of the California Medical Board and the hundreds of doctors it has put on probation gives board members and legislators another chance to register a pulse.

February 26, 2017

Mercury News: “We place doctors in a very high, prominent position in our society, and because of that, people are very trusting and less inclined to check the status of their physicians,’’ said Hill.

February 25, 2017

San Diego Union-Tribune: Patient notification is a long-standing point of contention between the association, which represents more than 43,000 doctors statewide, and patient advocacy groups. Most recently, the names and violations of about 500 California doctors on probation — including 44 in San Diego County — were included in a research report that will be used to conduct the state medical board’s “sunset” review.

February 25, 2017

Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is again urging the board to implement measures aimed at protecting and informing consumers. Hill, chair of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, is pointing to a report released this week that names hundreds of practicing doctors on probation for allegations including negligence, drug use and even sexual assault.