In the News

July 08, 2019

Sacramento Bee: Two California lawmakers with a history of taking money from tobacco giant Philip Morris USA have introduced a bill aimed at curbing teen vaping by creating new penalties on retailer and teenage buyers. One critical senator says it resembles a measure the industry itself has previously promoted and the American Lung Association is opposed to it.

July 08, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Two months after key lawmakers sidetracked a proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in California, an influential state legislator has quietly introduced a less restrictive measure that some health groups say is designed to protect electronic-cigarette makers.

July 04, 2019

Univision:

Univision: Se trata de un proyecto de ley que, según sus patrocinadores, busca proteger a los más vulnerables y obliga a los sacerdotes a denunciar cuando reciban información en confesión sobre abusos contra los niños. Sin embargo, el clero asegura que la iniciativa atenta contra el sacramento de la reconciliación.

 

July 03, 2019

Chico Enterprise-Record: Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he thought it was a “common-sense tool” to aid in the recovery of Butte County and the surrounding communities.

July 03, 2019

The Nooner: Hill was not happy that his SB 39, which requires a signature of an adult 21 years or older for the purchases by mail of a tobacco product, was characterized as part of a multi-bill package including AB 1639. In his release, he states: "SB 39 is a standalone bill...It is not associated with any committee effort. Two months ago, I rejected an industry overture to substitute the proposed flavor ban for measures that emphasize enforcement against retailers and underage purchasers, along with other changes that would improve the optics of the problem but did not address its cause. We have a public health crisis caused by a flavor crisis. That’s what we have to address with the strictest measures possible, not the industry’s optics crisis.”

July 01, 2019

Mercury News: California becomes the first state to require physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists and acupuncturists to notify patients if they are put on probation for serious misconduct. The 2018 bill by Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, requires the notices for sexual misconduct with a patient; drug abuse; a criminal conviction involving harm to patients; and inappropriate prescribing resulting in patient harm and five or more years of probation.

June 29, 2019

KRCR-TV/ABC 7: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Starting July 1, California doctors will have to tell patients if they are on probation for sexual misconduct or other wrongdoing under a new law. Senate Bill 1448 [by Senator Hill] applies to physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and osteopathic and naturopathic doctors.

June 28, 2019

NBC Bay Area: State Sen. Jerry Hill, a strong critic of PG&E, says the latest findings are reminiscent of what regulators found in their probe of the 2010 San Bruno blast. "I don’t know what we’re going to have to see for something to change," Hill said. "It looks like in almost ten years, they still didn’t learn anything – it’s the exact same problem that we saw before."

June 27, 2019

CBS Bay Area/KPIX 5: Senator Jerry Hill introduced a bill this year that would require the Department of Health Care Services to oversee sober homes for the very first time.

June 27, 2019

KCBS: Governor Gavin Newsom has reached a deal with legislative leaders over a way to promote affordable housing in the state. KCBS Radio, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about the bomb Governor Newsom dropped to make it happen.