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August 26, 2013

San Mateo County Times: A proposed law to prevent the needless killing of mountain lions by state wardens cleared the Legislature on Monday and now awaits the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 26, 2013

San Bruno Patch: The Legislature today approved and sent to the governor a bill by Senator Jerry Hill that would authorize the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to partner with wildlife groups and nonprofits when responding to reports of mountain lions near residences that do not involve an imminent threat to human life.

August 22, 2013

San Bruno Patch: The Legislature has approved and sent to the governor a bill by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that would allow voters to confirm their mail-in ballot was counted. Senate Bill 589, which unanimously cleared the Senate today, stems from a bill idea that emerged from Hill’s annual “Oughta Be a Law … or Not” contest.

August 22, 2013

San Mateo County Times: An audit will examine whether the state agency charged with regulating limousines like the one involved in the deadly San Mateo bridge fire is doing its job, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

August 20, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. used flawed documents to improperly declare two Peninsula natural-gas pipelines safe, state regulators say - raising questions about whether the company has fixed record-keeping issues that contributed to the 2010 San Bruno disaster.

August 19, 2013

Associated Press via Mercury News: A bill headed to the governor's desk will allow voters to find out if their mail-in ballots are actually counted. SB589 by Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo would require county officials to establish a system allowing vote-by-mail voters to learn if their ballot was counted and, if it was not, why that is.

August 19, 2013

Mercury News: Kathleen Murphy suddenly finds herself keenly interested in news about actor Jason Patric...It's because of the legal and legislative battle Patric is now fighting with his ex- girlfriend for custody of a 3-year-old boy. Murphy's and Patric's children both were conceived through artificial insemination, and California lawmakers are now grappling with the moral and legal quandary of when a sperm donor is and isn't considered a legal parent.

August 06, 2013

NBC Bay Area: The Investigative Unit goes undercover to show Bay Area limo companies operating without active licenses and under-reporting passenger numbers, avoiding more rigorous safety inspections.

July 30, 2013

Mercury News: PG&E's top boss agrees the utility should be punished for its role in the lethal gas explosion in San Bruno but thinks the $2.25 billion penalty recommended by the staff of the state Public Utilities Commission earlier this month is excessive, he told this newspaper Tuesday in an exclusive interview.

July 30, 2013

Huffington Post: According to recent statistics from the Children's Defense Fund, a baby is born to an unmarried mother every 19 seconds in this country. Like all children, these babies are unable to vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. Accordingly, it becomes even more important that lawmakers, voters, and advocates ensure that our laws are tailored to protect the best interests of our children, and updated to reflect our changing family norms. Thankfully, California State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) is on the job...