In the News

December 31, 2009

The Sacramento Bee

By Torey Van Oot

Assemblyman Jerry Hill was shocked when he read reports that a San Mateo man was arrested for drunken driving after officers grabbing a cup of coffee watched him drive the wrong direction into the parking lot and stumble into the shop.

But Hill was even more shocked to learn that the man had been allowed back behind the wheel after eight previous DUI convictions.

December 31, 2009

The Daily Journal

By Bill Silverfarb

A state lawmaker is taking a tough stance against drunken drivers and will introduce legislation next week that will give judges the ability to permanently revoke a driver’s license after three offenses.

December 29, 2009

San Mateo County Times

By Mike Rosenberg
San Mateo County Times

Condemning a legal system that allowed two Peninsula residents to rack up nine DUIs each, a Bay Area legislator today will announce a bill that would give California judges the power to permanently revoke licenses of drunken drivers after three convictions.

September 21, 2009

San Mateo County Times

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — California should explore tax incentives and other measures to keep biotechnology companies like Genentech from moving parts of their operations to other states or countries, those in the industry and lawmakers said Monday.

September 04, 2009

The Daily Journal

By Michelle Durand

Thousands of San Mateo County children — and hundreds of thousands statewide — had their health insurance saved yesterday by bipartisan legislation raising revenue by taxing companies that manage Medi-Cal plans.

Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, a nonprofit that advocates for California children, praised politicians’ ability to set aside partisanship in favor of children’s best interest.

December 24, 2008

The Daily Journal

By Heather Murtagh

Heather Murtagh/Daily Journal
Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, gives a duck away at Samaritan House yesterday.

Ensuring each child had a gift to open this holiday was an uphill battle for many nonprofits that experienced a recent outpouring of donations which means the goal will be met.

December 04, 2008

Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

(12-04) 04:00 PST Sacramento --

Democratic lawmakers, who hold a majority in the state Legislature, introduced a bill Wednesday to change the two-thirds requirement for approving state budgets to a simple majority vote.

The move, which would allow Democrats to approve a spending plan without Republicans' support, came as members of both parties were locked in battle in a special session to solve the state's growing budget deficit.

December 04, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Sacramento - Democratic lawmakers, who hold a majority in the state Legislature, introduced a bill Wednesday to change the two-thirds requirement for approving state budgets to a simple majority vote.

The move, which would allow Democrats to approve a spending plan without Republicans' support, came as members of both parties were locked in battle in a special session to solve the state's growing budget deficit.

December 02, 2008

State Assemblyman Jerry Hill was sworn in only yesterday, but he’s quickly moving to tackle the state’s budget woes, submitting legislation that could save the state $300 million this year and planning to introduce a constitutional amendment today that could radically change how lawmakers pass the budget.

Today, Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, will introduce a constitutional amendment that would allow a simple majority to pass the budget, rather than the currently required two-thirds of legislators.

December 02, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Sacramento - Amid a deepening budget crisis, state lawmakers celebrated Monday as members of the Assembly and the state Senate were sworn in for new terms in office.

Several former members of the Assembly moved across the Capitol to the Senate, while a few moved the other way, and about two dozen lawmakers took their seats for the first time.