In the News

June 04, 2020

I am proud of the Peninsula residents who have strongly, safely and peacefully spoken out in righteous outrage over the killing of George Floyd, the senseless acts of excessive police force against people of color, and the wanton vandalism that has occurred in some communities. I condemn such violence in any form and from any source. (Click the headline to read more.)

May 18, 2020

News Release: With a unanimous vote, the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee passed Senator Jerry Hill’s bill to prohibit discrimination against cash payments. The committee’s 9-0 vote sends Senate Bill 926 to the Senate Appropriation Committee for review.

May 15, 2020

Daily Journal: Looks like a longtime wish of state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, may come to pass. Hill, an ardent opponent of tobacco, has been pushing to prohibit retail sales of flavored tobacco products across the state.

May 15, 2020

Daily Journal: Hill framed the hard choices ahead for lawmakers. “Gov. Newsom provided a carefully drawn proposal for our state to pull through the 2020-21 fiscal year, and now it’s up to lawmakers to refine that plan,” he said in an email. “We all know we have difficult decisions to make.”

May 14, 2020

Politico: “Had it tasted like bubble gum or sex on the beach — I don't know what that tastes like — it could be very attractive.” State Sen. Jerry Hill compares his repulsive first cigarette with enticing tobacco flavors of the kind his bill, which passed committee Wednesday, seeks to restrict.

May 14, 2020

Sacramento Bee
By Andew Sheeler and Adam Ashton

Senate Bill 793 got some good news on Wednesday: The bill cleared the Senate Health Committee and moved on to the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a new poll commissioned by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids came out showing a majority of California voters support the effort.

May 13, 2020

CBS 13: The state bill to prohibit sales of flavored tobacco products cleared its first major hurdle today. The Senate Health Committee voted 8-1 in favor of the SB 793, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further review. [Video of full hearing available.]

May 13, 2020

KCBS Radio: San Mateo County is planning on joining San Francisco in relaxing some of the shelter in place rules to allow retail to open with curbside pickups and distancing guidelines.This phase two of the quarantine is set to begin on Monday May 18th, For more on what the new guidelines will be, KCBS Radio news anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with Jerry Hill, the state senator representing San Mateo County.

May 12, 2020

KALW Radio: Businesses in California are taking new precautions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Some are no longer accepting cash. But a bill at the state Capitol would ban this practice. Democratic state Senator Jerry Hill authored the proposal. He says banning cash payments has the biggest impact on low-income Californians. That includes many who have worked throughout the pandemic.

May 08, 2020

Orange County Register: As coronavirus continues to sweep across California and most of us shelter-at-home, National Guard members are deploying across the state to help. They’re running food banks, delivering test kits, and creating field hospitals. At the same time, they’re facing an epidemic of their own—military sexual assault. In the words of one investigator, sexual harassment in the California Guard is “commonplace.” A bill introduced in California [by Senator Hill]  in February could change that.