In the News

August 05, 2020

Sacramento Bee: Senate Bill 793 ultimately passed through the committee, and is on its way to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

August 04, 2020

News Release: Landmark legislation to end the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products including minty-sweet menthol, the original candy-flavored cigarettes, passed out of the Assembly Health Committee on a 10 to 2 vote Tuesday night.

August 04, 2020

Los Angeles Times: Few bills that pass through Sacramento have as much potential to save lives as SB 793, which would ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and vaping liquid, from being sold in stores in California. Why? Because fruity flavors in e-cigarettes and cigarillos and menthol flavors in traditional cigarettes lure teenagers, putting them at risk for a lifetime addicted to a deadly and costly product.

August 04, 2020

Sacramento Bee: Tuesday is a big day for the bill to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the state. SB 793 is set to be heard by lawmakers on the Assembly Health Committee, a critical step in the bill’s path to passage with just weeks left in this legislative session.

The bill has significant legislative support, including Assembly Health Committee Chairman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, and Congressional Black Caucus chair and rumored Joe Biden vice presidential pick Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles.

But there are still some wobblers on the Health Committee

August 03, 2020

Los Angeles Times: California should ban the sale of all flavored tobacco — including menthol cigarettes — and help right a historic wrong that for far too long has allowed the tobacco industry to jeopardize the health of Black Americans.

July 29, 2020

SFStreets Blog: “The alternative sales tax measure adopted by the San Francisco Supervisors is encumbered with conditions such as withholding funds, supermajority voting requirements, and demands for actions related to the governance and structure of Caltrain. San Mateo County Counsel John Beiers and San Mateo County Transit District Special Counsel James Wagstaffe have both opined that such conditions are illegal as they are not permitted by the legislation enabling the sales tax (SB 797 by Senator Hill) which calls for a stable and dedicated funding stream for Caltrain,” wrote the Chief of Staff for San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine in a statement issued shortly after the San Francisco vote.

July 27, 2020

Univision: Los proyectos ante la legislatura buscan adapar las leyes laborales, los derechos y las protecciones del empleado ante el nuevo ambiente de trabajo en California creado por la pandemia del coronavirus. La propuesta del senador demócrata Jerry Hill, SB 1159, añade la enfermedad o la muerte relacionada con el coronavirus a la lista de lesiones en el empleo cubiertas por el programa de compensación de trabajadores del estado. Elimina el requisito de que los trabajadores demuestren que contrajeron el virus en el trabajo.

July 27, 2020

Daily Journal: Two San Francisco supervisors, including the one who represents the city on the Caltrain board, at the last minute refused to support or bring the issue before their colleagues. They joined together with Mayor Licardo and some Santa Clara supes to introduce a new resolution which would tie the funds generated by the tax to a change in governance and not make all the funds available to Caltrain. Sen. Hill and SamTrans attorneys say this runs counter to SB797 and would be illegal. And new or amended legislation would have to be introduced and passed.

July 20, 2020

San Francisco Business Times: The evolving proposal has caught the eye of more powerful lawmakers in the Bay Area, who signed an open letter over the weekend opposing it. The letter — signed by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo), U.S. Rep Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and Belmont Vice Mayor Charles Stone — emphasized that the new conditions could mean the transit agency “never sees a dime" of the sales tax money.

July 16, 2020

Sacramento Bee: As we continue to push to protect Black lives, we must put an end to one of the most pernicious destroyers of Black health and lives: deadly menthol cigarettes and the tobacco industry’s decades-long targeted marketing to our kids and communities.