Press Releases

Will California Be Ready to Regulate Recreational Marijuana?

January 27, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill, chair of the Senate’s Business Professions and Economic Development Committee, Senator Cathleen Galgiani, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Ed Hernandez, chair of Senate Health Committee, and Senator Mike McGuire convene an informational hearing to question state regulators on their readiness to regulate recreational and medicinal pot by January 1, 2018.

Senator Hill Introduces Bill to Help Accelerate Deployment of Self-Driving Cars in California

January 17, 2017

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, introduced Senate Bill 145 today to eliminate a 180-day waiting period for companies that file an application to deploy driverless vehicles. The bill will also strike a requirement that the DMV notify the Legislature each time such an application is submitted.

Entries Welcomed for Senator Jerry Hill’s Ninth “Oughta Be a Law…or Not” Bill Contest

January 14, 2017

Have a great idea for a new state law? Or maybe there’s one that you think has outlasted its usefulness? State Senator Jerry Hill is accepting entries for his ninth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents, and encourages Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to participate

Senator Hill & Assemblymember Low Introduce Bill to Outlaw Smoking Pot While Driving

December 29, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Evan Low introduced Senate Bill 65 today to outlaw smoking marijuana while driving. The legislation, prompted by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, closes a loophole in Proposition 64, the recreational marijuana initiative, which makes it illegal to have an open container of pot in a vehicle but fails to specifically address the use of marijuana products while behind the wheel.

State Senators Hill & Allen Introduce Joint Resolution Urging States To Pass National Popular Vote Legislation

December 21, 2016

California Senators Jerry Hill and Ben Allen introduced a joint resolution today calling upon other states to pass National Popular Vote legislation to ensure that electoral votes for the president of the United States reflect the will of American voters.

New Laws for the New Year: 17 Hill Bills Lead to Laws Making Californians Safer From Drunk Drivers, Earthquakes and More

December 20, 2016

Laws to protect Californians from DUI offenders, help establish an earthquake early warning system, reform the California Public Utilities Commission, increase oversight of building contractors, require police to securely stow any handgun left in a car, improve tour bus safety, crack down on water-guzzling households, and more take effect on January 1. The new laws are the result of 17 bills that were introduced by Senator Jerry Hill, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016.

Hill Introduces Superbug, CPUC Reform, Police Gun Tracking and Bus Seatbelts Bills, and More

December 05, 2016

“These bills are aimed at improving public health and safety – and the accountability of agencies and systems that are intended to protect Californians,” said Senator Hill, who is introducing his bills on the first day of the new legislative session, after taking the oath of office for his second four-year Senate term.

Senator Hill Introduces Funding Bill for Martins Beach Acquisition

December 04, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill will introduce a bill Monday to appropriate general fund dollars to the California State Lands Commission for staff resources and acquisition costs that would enable the commission to move ahead if it decides to acquire public access to Martins Beach through eminent domain.

Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane Urge AG Nominee to Act Swiftly in CPUC Corruption Probe

December 02, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane sent a letter today to Congressman Xavier Becerra, named by Governor Brown as California’s next attorney general, to urge that the office of the state’s top prosecutor press forcefully ahead with the corruption probe of the California Public Utilities Commission.