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Hill Introduces Bill Banning New Artificial Turf Fields Made With Recycled Tires While State Studies Possible Link To Cancer And Other Health Risks

December 17, 2014

Prompted by increasing concerns that artificial turf fields made with crumbs of rubber from recycled tires may be linked to serious illnesses in children, Senator Jerry Hill today introduced legislation that would prohibit the installation of these surfaces in schools and parks in California while the state conducts a study to determine possible health risks.

Hill Introduces Bills to Earmark Bulk of Billion-Dollar PG&E Fine to Pipeline Safety, Require Greater Transparency for Travel by Public Officials and Extend Youth Tobacco Laws to E-Cigarettes

December 01, 2014

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara counties, introduced five bills today covering a range of issues, including consumer protection, greater transparency of travel by elected officials and privacy safeguards.

Senator Jerry Hill Announces 7th Annual Bill Idea Contest

November 26, 2014

Entries are being accepted for Senator Jerry Hill’s seventh annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents. Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, announced the 2015 bill idea contest today and encouraged Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to participate.

Hill to Unveil Legislation Removing Michael Peevey as a Member of the Public Utilities Commission

October 08, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill – joined by San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane and San Carlos Mayor Mark Olbert – will hold a news conference to announce he will introduce a measure when the Legislature reconvenes Dec. 1 that would remove California Public Utilities (CPUC) President Michael Peevey should he be reappointed. A new set of emails released this week disclosed quid pro quo arrangements between Peevey and a top Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive.

Governor Signs Senator Hill's Bills to Protect Consumers, Improve Oversight of Utilities and Reopen Martins Beach

September 30, 2014

Governor Brown has signed 16 bills by Senator Jerry Hill including legislation to protect consumers, improve oversight of utilities and reopen Martins Beach on the San Mateo County coast.

Governor Signs Martins Beach Legislation

September 30, 2014

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed Senator Jerry Hill’s legislation to require the State Lands Commission to enter into negotiations with Silicon Valley billionaire and Martins Beach property owner Vinod Khosla for one year, in an effort to re-open the beach near Half Moon Bay to the public.

Governor Signs Six Bills by Senator Jerry Hill Stemming from the San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

September 26, 2014

Six bills by Senator Jerry Hill that grew out of the fatal Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno were signed into law by the governor this week, bringing to 13 the number of blast-related safety, ethics and ratepayer relief measures the Peninsula Democrat has authored in the four years since the 2010 blast that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

Senator Hill, Assemblymember Mullin & San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane to Deliver Letter to State AG Calling for Investigation of Back-Channel Communications Between CPUC & PG&E -- Updated

September 18, 2014

Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane hold a news conference calling upon state Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate apparent violations of law involving the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and its communications with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. regarding the penalty case for the fatal 2010 explosion of a PG&E gas pipeline in San Bruno, as well as other cases that affect PG&E rates.

Supporters of Public Access to Martins Beach Join Senator Hill for News Conference Urging Governor to Sign SB 968

September 11, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill – joined by San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley and members of the Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club – will hold a news conference outside the closed gate to Martins Beach to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 968. Hill’s bill would require the State Lands Commission to enter into negotiations with Silicon Valley billionaire and Martins Beach property owner Vinod Khosla for one year, in an effort to re-open the beach near Half Moon Bay to the public.

Hill to Introduce Bill Earmarking Bulk of Proposed $1.4 Billion Fine Against PG&E to Gas Pipeline Safety

September 04, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill will announce he is introducing ratepayer protection legislation to ensure that the bulk of the $1.4 billion fine against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the deadly 2010 San Bruno explosion is spent on pipeline improvements and related safety measures. State regulators announced the proposed fine this week, just days before the fourth anniversary of the disaster.

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