Press Releases

February 17, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill introduced bills Friday to take drivers impaired from combined use of alcohol and drugs off the road, make apartment balconies safer, and allow more community colleges to offer four-year degrees. The measures are part of a package of more than half a dozen bills that Senator Hill introduced to meet California’s deadline for new legislation.

February 16, 2017

Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation today to boost security at gun stores and to reduce fines for “right-on-red” violations – the winning ideas from constituents in his ninth annual “Oughta Be a Law…or Not” contest.

February 14, 2017

California National Guard soldiers deployed overseas and those serving in units closer to home in Mountain View and Sacramento received 1,400 handmade valentines from South San Francisco senior citizens as part of the Magnolia Senior Center’s ninth annual crafts project with the California National Guard and state Senator Jerry Hill

February 09, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation today that compels the California Public Utilities Commission to fulfill its safety commitment as a utility regulator by laying out the agency’s safety oversight responsibilities -- and steps that must be taken in order to meet those expectations.

January 30, 2017

“As Americans and as Californians, it is important that we condemn this executive order – it is an affront to the values and principles we hold dear," said state Senator Jerry Hill, a joint author of Senate Resolution 16.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.