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February 21, 2019

Telemundo: Un legislador de California dijo el miércoles que el estado debería exigir a los miembros del clero que denuncien la sospecha de abuso o negligencia infantil, incluso si se enteran de ello durante la confesión. 

February 21, 2019

Friendly Atheist: In a move that would be a welcome change to the law, California State Sen. Jerry Hill said he would file a bill to remove clergy members from a list of those exempt from reporting child abuse.

February 20, 2019

Los Angeles Times: A California state lawmaker introduced a proposal on Wednesday that would require clergy to report child abuse or neglect disclosed during confession. The bill is expected to inspire a moral debate at the Capitol about the right to private penance versus a desire to protect children, and will force legislators to wade into the debate over the intersection of religion and public safety.

February 20, 2019

Sacramento Bee: Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, announced Wednesday that he is introducing a bill that would remove an exemption in the state’s “mandated reporter” law that allows all members of the clergy to withhold knowledge of suspected child abuse from law enforcement if that information is obtained during “a penitential communication,” such as Catholic confession. “Individuals who harm children or are suspected of harming children must be reported so a timely investigation by law enforcement can occur,” Hill said.

February 20, 2019

WRAL-TV: A California lawmaker said Wednesday the state should require clergy members to report suspected child abuse or neglect even if they learn of it during confession.

February 20, 2019

Daily Journal: In response to growing concern about scams targeting seniors, state Senator Jerry Hill is proposing a bill aimed at consolidating elder abuse and fraud cases occurring across counties, a step he believes will ease the burden on victims and streamline a path for prosecutors pursuing these types of cases.

February 20, 2019

Utility Dive: Predictably, there is much debate over these plans' costs.They will require "a mobilization and almost a war effort," State Senator Jerry Hill told Utility Dive. TURN and other stakeholders will have input, and there will be legislative oversight, but it will be up to the CPUC to oversee spending.

February 20, 2019

East Bay Express: Calls for radical changes in the company's structure seem to be producing results...But state Senator Jerry Hill, whose district includes San Bruno, wants sterner action. "I think some of PG&E's executives should possibly go to prison," Hill said in early January, days before the replacements.

February 19, 2019

Patch.com: California Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced a bill designed to give new life to legislative efforts to end housing discrimination against veterans and military personnel.

February 15, 2019

Patch.com: On Valentine's Day, more than 2,100 members of the California National Guard on duty at home and abroad received heartfelt messages of thanks and appreciation from the senior citizens, volunteers and friends of the Magnolia Center."It is critical that we recognize and appreciate the women and men who give their time to serve our country and our communities in our times of need," said Senator Hill, noting that California National Guard members helped fight the wildfires that ravaged the state last year and this year. "Thanks to the Magnolia Center's Operation Valentine, California Guardsmen and women will receive a message of love and thanks, no matter where they might be deployed."