Press Releases

South San Francisco Seniors Send Handmade Valentines to More Than 1,200 California Servicemen and Women Deployed Overseas

February 14, 2016

Twelve hundred members of the California National Guard and the Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing deployed in the Middle East and Africa received valentines made by South San Francisco senior citizens and supporters of the Magnolia Center as part of a community crafts project with Senator Jerry Hill.

Hill Introduces Legislation Requiring Patient Notification of Doctor Misconduct

February 12, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation today requiring doctors on disciplinary probation for serious offenses to notify patients before visits take place and to obtain signed confirmation that the patient received the alert. SB 1033 compels the Medical Board of California to draw up regulations for this stricter disclosure requirement and the steps doctors should take to abide by the new rules.

Hill, Gray & Hertzberg to Introduce Legislation Launching California’s Earthquake Early Warning System

February 05, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties), Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) will introduce legislation Monday to start funding a statewide earthquake early warning system to help save lives and protect the public before temblors strike.

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 Announce 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.