Emy Thurber Honored as Woman of the Year

Emily "Emy" Thurber, who has devoted a lifetime to public service and women’s leadership in her community, has been named the 2019 Woman of the Year for the 13thSenate District by state Senator Jerry Hill. View video of the Senate ceremony honoring Emy and read more about her here. See more photos here.

In the News

August 14, 2019
ABC 10: PG&E’s plan to cut power to communities in order to avoid sparking wildfires has inflamed leaders, and lawmakers brought their concerns to PG&E Wednesday. PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff Program has community leaders scrambling to prepare their cities for days-long power outages. At a hearing, state lawmakers didn’t mince words as they brought their concerns and frustrations to the utility giant.
August 14, 2019
KRON: State lawmakers grilled PG&E on how the utility plans to handle public safety power shut offs when there’s a serious wildfire risk. A senate committee [chaired by Senator Hill] held the hearing with concerns about how de-energizing electric lines during fire threat could impact first responders and others who need a constant power source.
August 12, 2019
Pittsburgh Action News: A year-long investigation by the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit has uncovered new allegations of child sexual abuse and decades-long cover-ups inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization in the United States. Fifteen people who grew up in the organization’s teachings and are now adults living in cities from the West Coast to the upper reaches of New England agreed to talk on the record for these reports; 13 of them gathered this spring in Sacramento, California, for the largest television group interview of its kind...In California, a bill passed the Senate in May that would strip away clergy-penitent privilege, requiring religious leaders of all faiths to report alleged child sex abuse. "This exemption has caused a lot of abuse of children and we need to stop it,” [Senator Jerry Hill] said in an interview just off the floor of the chamber. "What we want to do is protect children. And that's what this bill does.”
August 06, 2019
NBC Bay Area: A state lawmaker is urging both Cal Fire and state regulators to take another look at their findings in the massive Tubbs Fire based on new video evidence uncovered by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit. State Sen. Jerry Hill says he is concerned that state regulators cleared the utility of wrongdoing months after PG&E told a federal judge about failing to heed regulations that it clear brush around a pole near the origin of the second most destructive wildfire in state history

Press Releases

Senator Jerry Hill Holds Hearing in State Capitol on Public Safety Power Shutoffs: What’s Being Done to Ensure They are Conducted Wisely and Safely During Wildfire Threats

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, will hold a hearing Wednesday on electric utility de-energization, better known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The hearing, entitled...

August 12, 2019

Senator Hill Places Senate Bill 360 on Hold

State Senator Jerry Hill has decided to place on hold his legislation that requires clergy of all faiths to report knowledge of child abuse or neglect, even if such information is learned during penitential communications with other clergy...

July 09, 2019

Utilities, State Agencies and Law Enforcement Make Strong Progress to Improve Power, Internet and Communication Services for San Mateo County Coastside Communities

The utilities, state agencies and law enforcement units that together are tackling connectivity challenges in San Mateo County’s coastal communities say they have taken important strides forward – to the delight of state and local leaders...

July 08, 2019