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Hill Introduces Bill Requiring Law Enforcement Officers to Securely Store Handguns Left in Vehicles

January 12, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, introduced legislation today to require law enforcement officers to securely stow any handgun they leave in vehicles – closing a legal loophole that exempts peace officers from a California gun safety standard.

Senator Hill Introduces 9 Reform Bills; 3 Stem from 'Oughta Be A Law' Constituent Ideas

January 04, 2016

Senator Jerry Hill introduces nine reform bills, including that three – legislation focusing on issues of affordable housing, excessive water use, and “right on red” traffic violations – that were proposed by a nun, a San Mateo homeowner and a San Bruno resident during Senator Hill’s eighth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for constituents.

Senator Jerry Hill to Introduce Several New Reforms When Legislature Reconvenes January 4

December 31, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, will introduce measures to require fines for excessive water users, revise penalties for right-turn-on-red traffic violations, set stricter rules for inspecting tour buses, and more, on January 4 when the Legislature reconvenes.

18 Hill Bills Become Law on New Year's Day

December 30, 2015

Eighteen bills authored by State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, will take effect January 1.

UPDATE: Senator Hill Joins MADD, Law Enforcement & NHTSA Officials to Urge Sober Holiday Driving, Raise Curtain on 2016 DUI Prevention Bill

December 21, 2015

Law enforcement, MADD, NHTSA, and Senator Jerry Hill promote sober driving during the holiday season and discuss the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. MADD releases report on California’s Ignition Interlock program, showing that IIDs have prevented over one million instances of drinking and driving since 2010.

UPDATE: View Live Stream of Hill, Salas Oversight Hearing on Fatal Gaps in Gas Pipeline & Excavation Safety

December 17, 2015

The joint hearing of the California Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, chaired by state Senator Jerry Hill, and the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Rudy Salas, can be viewed here at and at The hearing, “Dangerous Digs: Why Do Fatal Pipeline Accidents Persist?”, follows the fatal “dig-in” accident November 13, when one person died and two suffered severe burns just south of Bakersfield after a PG&E natural gas pipeline was struck and ruptured during a project to put in a new orchard.

UPDATE: Bay Area Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Boost California Tour Bus Inspection Program

December 04, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announce today that they will introduce legislation to improve California’s tour bus inspection program and provide more bus inspection funding for the California Highway Patrol. The legislation will also require coordination between the Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to identify unregistered buses.

Senator Jerry Hill Opens 8th Annual Bill Idea Contest

November 27, 2015

Have a terrific idea for a much-needed new state law? Or maybe there’s a real turkey that you think should be off the books? State Senator Jerry Hill is accepting entries for his eighth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents, and encourages Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to participate.

Senator Hill Celebrates La Honda Fire Brigade and the New Law Inspired by the All-Volunteer Force

November 20, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill celebrates La Honda Fire Brigade and the new law inspired by the all-volunteer firefighting force at a “Java with Jerry” community coffee.

Hill Holds Safety Hearing on Wildfires Ignited by Power Lines

November 17, 2015

The California Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, chaired by State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, holds an oversight hearing on wildfires in California. The hearing comes in the aftermath of September’s Butte Fire, which burned 70,868 acres in Amador and Calaveras Counties, destroyed 818 structures, and caused two fatalities.

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