Press Releases

March 19, 2015

State Senator Jerry Hill, chairman of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, will convene a subcommittee oversight hearing where State Auditor Elaine Howle, state information technology officials and independent experts are expected to discuss what needs to be done to prevent IT project delays and cost overruns.

March 17, 2015

Legislation by Senator Jerry Hill to impose a two-year moratorium in California on the installation of turf fields and playground surfaces containing waste tires gets its first hearing before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Prompted by increasing concerns that artificial turf fields made with crumbs of rubber from recycled tires may be linked to cancer and other illnesses in children, SB 47 would bar new fields containing this material from being installed while the state conducts a comprehensive study on potential health impacts for frequent users of these surfaces.

February 27, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County/Santa Clara County, today introduced legislation that would require local governing bodies in California to take public comment before implementing cell phone intercept technology.

February 27, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County/Santa Clara County, today introduced legislation that would exempt California’s roughly 250 All-Volunteer Fire Departments from sales tax on fundraising activities. Senate Bill 598 was suggested by the La Honda Fire Brigade, the winner of Hill’s seventh annual “Oughta Be A Law … or Not” contest.

February 24, 2015

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, today introduced legislation to ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics in California nursing homes, which can serve as reservoirs of antibiotic resistance.

February 14, 2015

Hundreds of California National Guardsmen are receiving valentines from the senior citizens of the Magnolia Center, who made it their goal to send handmade greeting to every member of the Guard deployed overseas on Cupid’s holiday.

December 29, 2014

State Senator Jerry Hill – joined by representatives for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and law enforcement officers from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties – will hold a news conference in Redwood City (Courthouse Square) to announce he is introducing legislation to require all drivers convicted of driving under the influence to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their vehicles. In the past 30 years, more than 50,000 people have died in California because of drunk drivers and more than one million have been injured. Repeat DUI offenders account for about a third of annual DUI convictions

December 17, 2014

Prompted by increasing concerns that artificial turf fields made with crumbs of rubber from recycled tires may be linked to serious illnesses in children, Senator Jerry Hill today introduced legislation that would prohibit the installation of these surfaces in schools and parks in California while the state conducts a study to determine possible health risks.

December 01, 2014

Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara counties, introduced five bills today covering a range of issues, including consumer protection, greater transparency of travel by elected officials and privacy safeguards.

November 26, 2014

Entries are being accepted for Senator Jerry Hill’s seventh annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents. Hill, D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties, announced the 2015 bill idea contest today and encouraged Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to participate.