Press Releases

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 http://senate.ca.gov and at http://senate.ca.gov. 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.

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.

November 27, 2015

Have a terrific idea for a much-needed new state law? Or maybe there’s a real turkey that you think should be off the books? State Senator Jerry Hill is accepting entries for his eighth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents, and encourages Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to participate.

November 20, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill celebrates La Honda Fire Brigade and the new law inspired by the all-volunteer firefighting force at a “Java with Jerry” community coffee.

November 17, 2015

The California Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, chaired by State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, holds an oversight hearing on wildfires in California. The hearing comes in the aftermath of September’s Butte Fire, which burned 70,868 acres in Amador and Calaveras Counties, destroyed 818 structures, and caused two fatalities.

November 02, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill will renew his legislative effort to require schools and local governments to consider using non-toxic infill alternatives to used tires when installing artificial turf fields.

October 10, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 27 by Senator Jerry Hill, making California the first state in the nation to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for the use of antibiotics in farm animals.

October 08, 2015

Governor Brown has signed two bills authored by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County/Santa Clara County, that create privacy protections for powerful surveillance tools used by local governments, law enforcement officials and businesses.

October 01, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson invite the public to their town hall meeting on education with San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne Campbell and Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Jon Gundry at 7 p.m. on October 13 in Cañada College’s Main Theatre.

September 11, 2015

The California Legislature adjourned for the year this evening with 16 bills by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara counties, awaiting action by the governor, including bills that would establish the nation’s first livestock antibiotic regulation, increase transparency of license plate readers and cell phone stingray trackers, and increase public safety related to earthquake preparedness, pipeline dig-ins, and drunk drivers. The governor – who has already signed four Hill bills – has until October 11 to sign or veto legislation.