In the News

February 11, 2019

Bloomberg via Insurance Journal: The inverse condemnation doctrine is rooted in California’s constitution, so any direct changes would require a constitutional amendment, according to the state’s legislative counsel office. An amendment would need to win two-thirds majorities in both the state Assembly and Senate, and then be approved by voters. Given the public anger at PG&E, that avenue is closed, legislators say. “There’s no sense of anyone planning to do that, at least in the Democratic caucus,” said state Senator Jerry Hill.

January 07, 2019

Chico Enterprise-Record: “It’s not the Legislature’s responsibility to bail out a company that has shown negligence and disregard for public safety,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose district includes parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties as well as San Bruno.

January 07, 2019

Bloomberg: State Senator Jerry Hill, an outspoken PG&E critic, said the utility previously raised bankruptcy as leverage when seeking state assistance in paying its liabilities from wildfires in 2017. The company could be engaged in similar brinkmanship now, he said. “You can’t trust what they say,” said Hill, who represents San Bruno, where a PG&E gas pipeline exploded in 2010, killing eight. “Last year, they were able to fool the legislature with the narrative of bankruptcy or bailout, and the legislature gave them a bailout.”

January 06, 2019

Mercury News: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has suggested that instead of being “too big to fail,” PG&E, the state’s largest utility, may be “too big to succeed,” and, as PG&E is reportedly considering, should separate its gas operations from its electrical operations. 

January 05, 2019

New York Times: Critics of the companies would like to break up PG&E, potentially into separate gas and electric companies or by geographic areas...“I’ve come to the conclusion that the investor-owned utility model that they have and use is not providing the priority of safety as it should. Their priority is to shareholders and maximizing profit and not safety," Senator Hill said. 

January 03, 2019

Daily Post: We’ve heard this before in previous elections where voters were duped into passing taxes or higher tolls to fund transportation projects. It never works out the way the promised. The traffic jams just get worse. But now they have a chance to redeem themselves along with help from Facebook and our representatives in the Legislature, Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblymen Marc Berman and Kevin Mullin.

January 03, 2019

Register-Pajaronian: Under Senate Bill 1448 by Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, doctors must tell patients if they are on probation for violations such as gross negligence, substance abuse, inappropriate prescribing or sexual misconduct. 

January 02, 2019

Los Angeles DUI Attorney: Senate Bill 1046, authored by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, went into effect on January 1st. The bill requires that repeat DUI offenders and all first-time offenders involved in an accident with injuries have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles.

January 02, 2019

SF Weekly: State Senator Jerry Hill, who led the charge for SB 1046, says that Californians have “a long history of loving their automobiles. They love to get behind the wheel. Those losses that we talk about — those thousand deaths every year, and 20,000 injuries — are preventable.

January 01, 2019

Sacramento Bee: “Its time has come,” law author Sen. Jerry Hill, a San Mateo Democrat, said. “I think this is significant. Drunk driving (crashes) are tragic events, and ignition interlocks have proved to be successful.”