Press Releases

August 31, 2016

With a vote of 37-0, the state Senate approved legislation to bring more oversight to the construction contractors’ industry, sending the bill introduced to address accountability gaps revealed by the Berkeley balcony tragedy to the governor for his consideration.


August 29, 2016

Governor Brown has signed legislation by Senator Jerry Hill into law to pull the plug on excessive water use by households that flout mandatory reductions during drought emergencies.

August 25, 2016

With a 39-0 vote, the state Senate passed Senator Jerry Hill’s SB 1046 to require ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders and expand a current four-county IID pilot program statewide.

August 11, 2016

Legislation to heighten oversight of building contractors – introduced in response to the Berkeley balcony tragedy that killed six students – now moves to the state Assembly for consideration, following the bill’s passage Thursday by a key Assembly committee.

August 09, 2016

The mothers of Ashley Donohoe of Rohnert Park, one of the six students who died when a Berkeley apartment balcony collapsed, and Irish exchange student Aoife Beary, who was seriously injured, call for more oversight of builders.

June 29, 2016

Governor Brown’s newly signed state budget allocates $10 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to start the statewide build-out of the California Earthquake Early Warning System, Senator Jerry Hill and Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci announced today.

May 19, 2016

Family members of victims killed by drunk drivers share their experiences to underscore the need to prevent drunk driving and require ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders. 

May 13, 2016

State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Adam Gray and Senator Robert Hertzberg applaud Governor Jerry Brown for his commitment today to start funding a statewide earthquake early warning system that would help save lives and protect the public before temblors strike.

May 09, 2016

The California Senate voted 23 to 11 today to pass Senator Jerry Hill’s legislation to crack down on excessive water users. The vote sent Senate Bill 814 to the Assembly for consideration by policy committees.

April 22, 2016

State Senators Jerry Hill and Senator Loni Hancock convene a hearing of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development to examine what state agencies have done to tighten oversight of firms with a history of construction defect settlements. State and local agencies are expected to outline their response to the June 2015 collapse of a fifth-floor balcony in a Berkeley apartment complex that killed six people and seriously injured seven others.