'Oughta Be a Law…Or Not' Contest Open To San Mateo Residents

November 22, 2017

By Patch Staff

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA – State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, encouraged Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents this week to submit their bill ideas to his 10th Annual "Oughta Be a Law...Or Not Contest." The deadline for contest entries is Jan. 12, 2018.

For the contest, Senator Hill will consider ideas from constituents for new legislation or the repeal of outdated laws. Typically, the senator selects a standout bill idea and introduces legislation based on it. But the contest isn't limited to a single winning idea, if there are other equally strong entries.

"I always welcome great bill ideas and if there is more than one winner, that's terrific – our record is four winners in a single year," said Senator Hill, referring to four bills inspired by constituents that he introduced in 2016, two of which became laws. The laws crack down on water-guzzling households during droughts and ease the property tax burden of two small nonprofits that provide affordable housing to families and individuals in need.