Press Releases

Bill to Step Up Oversight of Building Contractors Signed by Governor Brown

September 15, 2016

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 465 in a private ceremony this morning attended by the family of the Bay Area student who died and Irish dignitaries representing the five exchange students killed and the seven others seriously injured when a balcony of a Berkeley apartment building collapsed.

Hill, MADD Urge Governor to Sign SB1046 Requiring IIDs for DUI Offenders

September 08, 2016

Senator Jerry Hill and Mothers Against Drunk Driving called today for Governor Jerry Brown to sign legislation to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel and driving drunk again.

Senate Passes SB 465 with Bipartisan Unanimous Vote as Legislative Deadline Looms

August 31, 2016

With a vote of 37-0, the state Senate approved legislation to bring more oversight to the construction contractors’ industry, sending the bill introduced to address accountability gaps revealed by the Berkeley balcony tragedy to the governor for his consideration.

 

Governor Signs Hill Bill to Crack Down on Water-Guzzling Households During Droughts

August 29, 2016

Governor Brown has signed legislation by Senator Jerry Hill into law to pull the plug on excessive water use by households that flout mandatory reductions during drought emergencies.

Bill Requiring Ignition Interlock Devices for DUI Offenders Heads to Governor for Consideration

August 25, 2016

With a 39-0 vote, the state Senate passed Senator Jerry Hill’s SB 1046 to require ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders and expand a current four-county IID pilot program statewide.

Assembly Appropriations Committee Passes Contractors Oversight Bill, SB 465

August 11, 2016

Legislation to heighten oversight of building contractors – introduced in response to the Berkeley balcony tragedy that killed six students – now moves to the state Assembly for consideration, following the bill’s passage Thursday by a key Assembly committee.

Mothers of Berkeley Balcony Collapse Victims Urge Key Assembly Committee to Pass SB 465

August 09, 2016

The mothers of Ashley Donohoe of Rohnert Park, one of the six students who died when a Berkeley apartment balcony collapsed, and Irish exchange student Aoife Beary, who was seriously injured, call for more oversight of builders.

Lawmakers, Cal OES, UC Berkeley and Caltech Hail $10 Million in State Budget For California’s Earthquake Early Warning System

June 29, 2016

Governor Brown’s newly signed state budget allocates $10 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to start the statewide build-out of the California Earthquake Early Warning System, Senator Jerry Hill and Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci announced today.

Family Members of Victims Killed by Drunk Drivers Join Senator Hill, MADD & Law Enforcement Partners to Support SB 1046

May 19, 2016

Family members of victims killed by drunk drivers share their experiences to underscore the need to prevent drunk driving and require ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders. 

Hill, Gray & Hertzberg Applaud Governor's $10M Funding Commitment to California's Earthquake Early Warning System

May 13, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Adam Gray and Senator Robert Hertzberg applaud Governor Jerry Brown for his commitment today to start funding a statewide earthquake early warning system that would help save lives and protect the public before temblors strike.