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

California Healthline: California state Sen. Jerry Hill said his proposals would curb the “epidemic proportion” of vaping among teens. “This is something that requires immediate action to protect our youth,” Hill said.
December 17, 2018
The Union: Way back in 1915, state legislators passed a law requiring the Railroad Commission to assure "protection of employees and the general public." But the commission waited 13 years, until 1928, to make actual rules, most of which were never enforced. More recently, the Legislature in 2016 passed a law demanding regular reports on electric line safety, especially in likely fire areas. But consumer lawyer Michael Aguirre says he has not been able to get the PUC to reveal whether it hired any inspectors since passage of that law, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo. Déjà vu, a century later.
December 17, 2018
San Francisco Chronicle: Some legislators, including state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, are willing to talk about what California can do to create an alternative for utility service. But far too many are still willing to bow to the company’s powerful lobbying efforts. That’s how PG&E got the much-criticized rescue package for last year’s fires.
December 15, 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