Press Releases

January 03, 2018

Prompted by attempts to recover costs for wildfires, Senators Jerry Hill, Ben Allen, Bill Dodd, Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener and Assemblymembers Marc Levine and Jim Wood author SB 819. The legislators introduced the bill today to prevent electric utilities from passing costs that result from negligent practices onto customers by raising rates.

 

December 21, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill announced today that he will introduce a bill to require contractors to report settlements of construction defect cases involving multi-family housing units to the Contractors State License Board as part of the effort to increase oversight of the industry in response to the Berkeley balcony tragedy. Multi-family housing units would include rented or leased apartments and condominiums, and dwellings that are part of a building or complex overseen by a homeowners association.

December 01, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane called upon Attorney General Xavier Becerra today to strongly urge that charges be filed as a result of the state’s long-running criminal investigation of alleged corruption at the California Public Utilities Commission.

November 30, 2017

“I am relieved that the CPUC made the right decision to shield ratepayers from being burdened with the costs of the 2007 San Diego wildfires that were caused because San Diego Gas & Electric didn’t reasonably manage its powerlines,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “Today’s decision concludes a decade long process to rightly assign the costs of the tragic fires to the company responsible for causing them.”

November 29, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill issued the following statement today on Thursday’s pending vote by the California Public Utilities Commission, which is to decide whether San Diego Gas & Electric Company should be allowed to pass along $379 million in costs for uninsured liability claims to customers as a result of three Southern California wildfires that occurred a decade ago.

November 21, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, encourages Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to submit their bill ideas to his 10th Annual “Oughta Be a Law...Or Not Contest.” The deadline for contest entries is January 12, 2018

October 30, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill, joined by Senators Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener and Assemblymembers Marc Levine and Jim Wood, will introduce legislation in January to prevent electric utilities found culpable in wildfires from passing the costs for claims not covered by insurance as well as fines or penalties onto customers.

October 12, 2017

Governor Brown signed legislation today by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, to enable the safe and more timely deployment of driverless cars.

October 11, 2017

Governor Brown signed legislation today by Senator Jerry Hill to ease restrictions on how much school districts can hold in their reserve funds as savings.

October 10, 2017

Governor Brown signed legislation today that lays the groundwork for the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which oversees Caltrain, to put a one-eighth-cent sales tax measure before the voters of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to fund the rail service’s capital and operating costs.