In the News

April 30, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Legislation making swift progress in Sacramento would require the state’s utilities to take further steps to protect their infrastructure and customers from wildfires and other emergencies. But critics are rightly concerned that the bill would also protect the utilities’ bottom lines. “It gives them (the utilities) a free pass to do everything they want to do,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), who cast the lone vote against the bill in two committees in recent weeks. “As long as they do everything in the plan, they’re going to be immune from any liability.”

April 30, 2018

KTVU: Pacific Gas & Electric spent more than $4 million on state lobbying the same year its power lines were suspected of playing a role in the most destructive wildfires in California history.  Critics tell 2 Investigates they believe the money spent on improving the company’s image, which include paying for full-page newspaper ads and TV commercials, is to deflect public focus away from its downed power lines and onto climate change effects.  

April 30, 2018

Daily Journal: In 2020, it’s hard to believe that state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will be termed out. A perfect example of why term limits for our state legislators are a bad idea.

April 27, 2018

MassTransitMag.com: "This funding will enhance Caltrain Electrification and improve the rider's experience," said State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. "I applaud Caltrain and the California State Transportation Agency for their great work and I'm grateful for the Legislature's approval of Senate Bill 1, which is improving transit and roads in our community and throughout the state."

April 26, 2018

Stateline: Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill, who authored the legislation to start the pilot program, said four-year institutions are often not within commuting distance of the students who would potentially enroll in these kinds of programs. "Education should be convenient," he said. Or students "won’t participate and at the end of the day won’t be educated enough to meet the needs of the state and their need for a good-paying job."

April 25, 2018

Bloomberg: State Senator Jerry Hill was the lone vote against the bill’s passage out of the committee. He said he remained concerned that the legislation would hold consumers accountable for wildfire costs and not the utilities.

April 24, 2018

Southern California Public Radio KPCC: San Mateo Democrat Jerry Hill is the bill’s sponsor, and he says his bill will increase transparency between doctors and patients, as physicians are currently only required by law to notify their insurer and their hospital or clinic about probationary status.

April 24, 2018

Sacramento Bee: Sen. Jerry Hill said the California Medical Association killed his bill on patient disclosure two years in a row. Now the measure is back in the state Senate and once again targeted by the association. "Currently doctors have to notify their insurer, their hospital or clinic about their probation status, but patients receive no notice," Hill said. "They are left in the dark and susceptible to future abuse."

April 24, 2018

Electronic Frontier Foundation: California now has an opportunity to dramatically streamline the credit freeze process for its residents, thanks to a state bill introduced by Sen. Jerry Hill, S.B. 823. EFF is proud to support it.

April 19, 2018

Consumer Watchdog: #MeToo and #TimesUp move to the doctor's office as regulators face fire for failing to protect patients from dangerous doctors. The stories told at the meeting of the Medical Board illustrate the devastating harm caused to patients by a regulatory system in which doctors' records of patient harm are hidden and patient complaints go unheeded.