In the News

October 13, 2020

Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as chair of the Senate’s Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee, convenes a hearing to examine the next steps and their timeline. Go to senate.ca.gov at 9:30 AM, Wednesday, October 14, to watch the livestream.

October 12, 2020

Senator Hill, as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, convenes a hearing to pose the questions to safety experts, utilities and regulators. Committee member Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, joins the virtual dais. 

September 30, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom approved two bills by state Senator Jerry Hill on Tuesday and capped the Peninsula lawmaker’s 12 years in the Legislature by signing into law measures that support safer excavations and Stanford’s renewable energy efforts.

September 28, 2020

Daily Journal -- Hard to believe that come November, Jerry Hill, who has represented us as a councilmember, supervisor, assemblyman and state senator, will become a private citizen...I wanted to know the secret of getting things done in Sacramento and San Mateo County.

September 21, 2020

LAW360: California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed off on a trio of laws that provide workers with more benefits and protections amid the coronavirus pandemic while creating new requirements for their employers. The bills — S.B. 1383, S.B. 1159 and A.B. 685 — got Newsom's blessing Thursday, adding to other worker-focused legislation he signed recently, including one providing paid sick leave.

September 17, 2020

Los Angeles TImes: California will relax the burden of proof to receive workers’ compensation benefits for some employees who contract COVID-19 on the job under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday. Senate Bill 1159 by Sen. Jerry Hill makes it easier for police, firefighters and other essential employees who contract COVID-19 while working to be covered under the state’s workers’ compensation program. In other workplaces — both public and private — the new law presumes employees caught the novel coronavirus on the job if there is an outbreak at their worksite, ensuring those employees are eligible to have their medical bills and lost wages covered.

September 15, 2020

San Mateo Daily Journal: Thanks to our state Senator Jerry Hill, kid-oriented flavored tobacco and vaping products with names like “Vivid Vanilla,” “Bubble Gum” and “Cotton Candy” will no longer be available for purchase in retail stores in California.

September 09, 2020

Mercury News: Since PG&E caused a fatal gas explosion in San Bruno 10 years ago today, the utility has been found guilty in two criminal cases, sparked multiple fatal wildfires, received record-breaking penalties, become bankrupt, and has moved into the grim pantheon of America’s deadliest corporations. Now a lawmaker plans a new hearing to look into that decade.“We’re working on a hearing to find out what we learned and what’s changed,” said state Senator Jerry Hill.

August 31, 2020

Politico: Opponents of California’s recently signed ban on flavored tobacco are seeking to overturn the law with a referendum, following a common industry playbook to battle unwanted California laws. The measure that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Friday, CA SB793, prohibits flavored tobacco with an exemption for hookah — a landmark victory for public health interests who have warned that vapes loaded with sweet flavors are hooking a new generation on nicotine. Tobacco and convenience store interests waged a fierce but unsuccessful fight to block the bill.

August 31, 2020

Los Angeles Times: California voters could be asked to overturn a new law banning the sale of flavored tobacco after opponents notified the state Monday of plans to seek a referendum on the measure. A notice was filed with the state by an attorney who has represented firms including R.J. Reynolds, which led the opposition campaign to Senate Bill 793. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill on Friday and it takes effect Jan. 1. Senator Jerry Hill, the author of the bill, denounced the plan to seek a referendum. “California fought Big Tobacco and won,” Hill said. “This shameless industry is a sore loser and it is relentless. It wants to keep killing people with its candy-, fruit-, mint- and menthol-flavored poison. The adults who are hooked on nicotine aren’t enough for Big Tobacco; it wants our kids too.”