Press Releases

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.

California Senate Passes Jerry Hill’s Bill to Crack Down on Water-Guzzling Households

May 09, 2016

The California Senate voted 23 to 11 today to pass Senator Jerry Hill’s legislation to crack down on excessive water users. The vote sent Senate Bill 814 to the Assembly for consideration by policy committees.

Senators Hill & Hancock Hold Hearing To Examine What The State Has Done To Improve Oversight of Building Firms With A History Of Construction Defect Settlements

April 22, 2016

State Senators Jerry Hill and Senator Loni Hancock convene a hearing of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development to examine what state agencies have done to tighten oversight of firms with a history of construction defect settlements. State and local agencies are expected to outline their response to the June 2015 collapse of a fifth-floor balcony in a Berkeley apartment complex that killed six people and seriously injured seven others.

Senator Jerry Hill, Consumers Union & Patient Safety Advocates Urge Support for Bill to Require Doctors on Probation to Notify Clients

April 08, 2016
The Consumers Union, victims of botched treatment and other severe medical errors, as well as individuals whose loved ones died as a result of similar mistakes join Senator Jerry Hill in a news conference to urge support of Hill’s Senate Bill 1033 at 11:45 a.m., Monday, April 11, 2016, in Hearing Room 3191 of the State Capitol.

Hill, MADD Call for Senate Committee to Pass IID Bill to Prevent Drunk Driving

March 29, 2016

Senator Jerry Hill, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and surviving family members of victims killed by drunk drivers gather on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday before the Senate Public Safety Committee’s hearing on SB 1046.

SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, MADD Join Senator Jerry Hill to Urge Support for SB 1046

March 24, 2016

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, surviving family members of victims killed by drunk drivers and other law enforcement partners join Senator Jerry Hill in a news conference at SFPD at 10 a.m. Monday, March 28.