Governor Brown Signs Landmark Legislation: SB 1448, The Patient’s Right to Know Act

Governor Brown signed SB 1448, the Patient’s Right to Know Act, making California the first state to enact a law requiring physicians to notify patients if placed on probation for serious misconduct leading to patient harm. The governor's approval caps three years of efforts by Senator Hill and patient safety advocates to change the law. Watch a news conference of star athletes who urged support of SB 1448. Learn more about the bill.

In the News

Chico Enterprise-Record: “It’s not the Legislature’s responsibility to bail out a company that has shown negligence and disregard for public safety,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose district includes parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties as well as San Bruno.
January 07, 2019
Bloomberg: State Senator Jerry Hill, an outspoken PG&E critic, said the utility previously raised bankruptcy as leverage when seeking state assistance in paying its liabilities from wildfires in 2017. The company could be engaged in similar brinkmanship now, he said. “You can’t trust what they say,” said Hill, who represents San Bruno, where a PG&E gas pipeline exploded in 2010, killing eight. “Last year, they were able to fool the legislature with the narrative of bankruptcy or bailout, and the legislature gave them a bailout.”
January 07, 2019
Mercury News: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has suggested that instead of being “too big to fail,” PG&E, the state’s largest utility, may be “too big to succeed,” and, as PG&E is reportedly considering, should separate its gas operations from its electrical operations. 
January 06, 2019

Press Releases

More Than a Dozen Bills by State Senator Jerry Hill Take Effect as Law in 2019

More than a dozen bills by Senator Jerry Hill will take effect as law during the coming year with new mandates for safety, consumer protection, accountability and other requirements phasing in from January 1 to July 1. All but one of the...

December 28, 2018

Senator Hill, SFPD Chief, Peninsula Law Enforcement & MADD Announce Rollout of Statewide DUI Prevention Program

Senator Jerry Hill and San Francisco Police Chief William Scott with MADD and Peninsula law enforcement partners hold a news conference Friday to announce the statewide rollout of a pilot program requiring convicted repeat DUI offenders and...

December 27, 2018

Senator Jerry Hill Proposes Ballot Measure to End California’s Property Tax Inheritance Break for People Who Don’t Live in the House Left to Them by Parents or Grandparents

State Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation today to ensure that California’s tax break on inherited residential property benefits only individuals who live in the home left to them by parents or grandparents. Joining him in introducing...

December 04, 2018