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September 13, 2019

Los Angeles Times: “This is an outrageous way of trying to protest or make a point,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), who was seated at his desk on the floor when liquid fell on unsuspecting legislators.

 

 

September 13, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. once had no shortage of political influence or friends willing to step up at California’s state Capitol when the company wanted something. Now few politicians, especially those who represent districts in Northern California, want to be publicly associated with PG&E “It’s one thing if the company has the credibility, the integrity and the respect; then you don’t mind going out on a limb,” Sen. Jerry Hill said. “You don’t mind one time, two times, but it’s a third time and you can’t trust them. I think they’ve put this legislative body in harm’s way, and I don’t think there’s a willingness to go out on a limb for them again.”

September 12, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said he agreed to shelve his separate bill that originally would have allowed cannabis use on party buses, saying the delay was needed to permit more time for law enforcement and transportation experts to work out a way to avoid marijuana smoke affecting drivers. “These are controversial operations,” Hill said. “In the interest of public safety, if they are allowed to continue to exist, they should be regulated, and if not, they should not be permitted at all. Currently, they are operating under a loophole in the law.”

September 11, 2019

Daily Journal: Responding to pressure applied by community members and local lawmakers, the Peninsula Health Care District plans to build affordable housing in its proposed wellness community, according to a top district official. The declaration comes in the immediate wake of a joint letter sent from the offices of U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, again urging health officials to reserve a portion of the sweeping development for below-market-rate housing.

September 11, 2019

Los Altos Town Crier: The future of State Assemblyman Marc Berman’s homeless student parking bill is uncertain. Last week, Berman announced that he is postponing his bill requiring community colleges to allow homeless students to sleep in their cars on campus

September 10, 2019

CalMatters: The year began with more than half a dozen bills aimed at reining in the industry, including a series of outright bans on candy and fruit flavored vapes. In the end, only one bill — a proposal by San Mateo Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill that would have required that vaping paraphernalia be “conspicuously labeled” as a tobacco product—has made it to the governor’s desk. 

September 08, 2019

Mercury News/East Bay Times: Tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years. But not e-cigarette products, which can still be marketed as a “safe tobacco alternative. The surge in cases of vaping-related lung illness demands that the ban should be extended to e-cigarettes.  State Sen. Jerry Hill introduced a bill in the Legislature earlier this year that would have outlawed the sale of flavored tobacco products in California stores and vending machines. But intense lobbying by the tobacco industry forced Hill to withdraw his bill rather than accept amendments that would have made the legislation ineffective.

September 08, 2019

NBC Bay Area: The city of San Francisco is making a move to get into the electricity business. State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), often a critic of PG&E, supports the move.  "I'm really pleased to see that San Francisco is making the offer," [Senator] Hill said. "Now's the best time to do it since (PG&E is) in bankruptcy. Certainly, they could use the money."

September 08, 2019

CBS SF Bay Area / KPIX 5: State senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), a frequent critic of PG&E, was upbeat in an interview with KCBS radio on Sunday. “We’ve seen throughout California where cities and municipalities have controlled and owned and operated their utilities that they have a very successful operation and a very safe operation,” Hill said.

September 08, 2019

CBS SF Bay Area: Phil Matier discusses two issues facing the legislature with state senator Jerry Hill. One of the most contentious issues in California this year has been the issue of vaccinations: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate laws, who should be exempted? [And] I do want to ask you about something we were previewing a little bit about the gig economy bill, that has huge implications for the state's economy and a whole lot of people are trying to get exemptions from it. Senator Jerry Hill is here to talk about another one of those issues that's got a lot of questions about it, probably more questions than answers.