Making Precious Seconds Count

The statewide Early Earthquake Warning System launched on the 30th anniversary of the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake. Learn about the system here and get the free MyShake app. See video of the governor’s news conference with state OES, UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and other government leaders, including Senator Hill, who were driving forces to behind the new system.

In the News

November 01, 2019
Los Angeles Times: Gov. Gavin Newsom demanded Friday that Pacific Gas & Electric shareholders and executives, wildfire victims, bondholders and other parties involved in the company’s bankruptcy convene in Sacramento next week to work out a deal — and threatened to craft a government-led plan to restructure the state’s largest utility if an agreement isn’t reached quickly. State Sen. Jerry Hill, a San Mateo Democrat and longtime critic of PG&E, commended Newsom. “California has told PG&E many times, in many ways, that the way it does business is unacceptable and it must change,” Hill said in a statement. “Today, Gov. Newsom told PG&E to get on with it or get out of the way.”
October 31, 2019
KNX News Radio: In 2017, state Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat, introduced legislation to ban marriage under 18 without exception. But he was met by opposition, surprisingly, from groups traditionally associated with the left. The ACLU Northern California chapters, along with the Children's Law Center of California, opposed the bill, claiming estimates of the scale of the problem were overblown. The groups argued that the new law would strip youth of their right to form their families and eliminate one of the only pathways to exit the foster care system through emancipation.
October 30, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle: PG&E critic and state Sen.Jerry Hill said California has two options in acquiring the utility: a full takeover using eminent domain or purchase of a majority stake of the company’s stock. Eminent domain means a long court battle, Hill said. But whether PG&E is sold, broken up or continues to operate in its current form, the public will likely be asked to assume some of the company’s future liability related to the fires. “Either the ratepayers are going to pay or the taxpayers are going to pay,” Hill said.
October 26, 2019
New York Times: The blackout zone has been expanded to cover up to 2.7 million people. Senator Jerry Hill, a Bay Area Democrat recently appointed to a panel to review PG&E’s handling of the power shut-offs, said the time has come for the courts to take control of the company before more damage is done. “PG&E is a failure at every level,” Mr. Hill said. “PG&E should no longer be allowed to do business in California.”

Press Releases

Senate Labor Committee Holds Hearing on Balancing Concerns for Workplace Safety and Equity in the Advent of Legalized Marijuana

Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee, will hold an informational hearing on the impacts of legalized cannabis for adults on employment and the workplace. Stakeholders from the cannabis...

November 07, 2019

Senate Committees Hold Joint Hearing on Work by the State’s “Dig Safe” Board

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, and Senator Steven Glazer, as chair of the Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, will hold a hearing in the Capitol on...

November 06, 2019

Hospitals, Clinics Must Report Allegations of Patient Sexual Abuse Involving Doctors Under Bill by Senator Hill Signed by the Governor

Starting January 1, hospitals, clinics and other health facilities must report allegations of patient sexual abuse and other sexual misconduct by medical professionals to the appropriate state licensing authorities within 15 days of...

October 14, 2019