Press Releases

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.

October 09, 2017

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 793 by Senator Jerry Hill today, enabling San Mateo County to take advantage of a process that allows public entities to ensure the best value in construction project contracts – a move that would expedite the county’s five-year, $444-million capital improvement plan.

October 08, 2017

Governor Brown signed legislation by Senator Jerry Hill that requires the driver and passengers in commercial buses equipped with seat belts to wear the safety devices, making California is the first state to follow the National Transportation Safety Board’s 2015 recommendation that all states to put laws requiring seat belts on commercial buses to be worn by passengers as well as drivers.

October 08, 2017

“My goal with the legislation was to provide a quicker resolution to open the gate instead of waiting several more years for the landowner and his unlimited legal resources to appeal this all the way to the United States Supreme Court..."