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

KTVU: PG&E critic Senator Jerry Hill says this is the first time PG&E is admitting to possible problems with their equipment. “I think they’re being forthcoming now because they figure, ‘What do we have to lose because we’re going to get a bailout again this year from the Legislature perhaps.’ … After San Bruno, we saw they had not properly tested, they had not properly inspected, they did not have proper records and I think we’re seeing the same thing play out in their electrical system. I think that’s sad and tragic, and we saw the tragedy play out in Paradise and in Butte County this year.”
December 12, 2018
San Diego-Union Tribune: “They have done absolutely nothing in those two years,” state Sen. Jerry Hill, the San Mateo Democrat who introduced SB 1028, said of utility regulators. “The unfortunate thing is we gave them that authority but we did not put a timeline on it,” Hill said. “We assumed it would be prioritized, but sadly it takes a tragedy to realign priorities -- and that’s what we’ve seen -- tragedy and devastation.”
December 10, 2018
Daily Journal: With legislation just proposed, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is seeking to close a tax loophole which he claims property heirs are exploiting to the detriment of city and county budgets...Hill claimed his proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 is necessary to prevent those who rent inherited properties from enjoying the lower tax rate passed down with the land.
December 10, 2018

Press Releases

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

State Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes and All Other Flavored Tobacco Products to Combat Use by Youths | Also Introduce Bill to Set Stricter Rules for Age Verification in Sales of Tobacco Products Online and by Mail

Led by Senator Jerry Hill, nearly 20 state lawmakers introduced a bill today to prohibit sales of flavored tobacco products – including flavored electronic cigarettes and menthol cigarettes – in retail stores and vending machines to halt an...

December 03, 2018

State Senator Jerry Hill Joins Surfrider Members and Their Attorneys at Martins Beach to Hail U.S. Supreme Court’s Rejection of Billionaire’s Bid for an Appeal

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, members of the Surfrider Foundation and their attorneys hold a news conference on a key victory in the fight to restore public access to Martins Beach: The U.S. Supreme Court...

October 01, 2018