In the News

July 01, 2020

Lake County News: On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 350, which protects California by giving the state the authority to hold Pacific Gas and Electric Co. accountable if the company fails to adhere to public safety policies, and to put safety, reliability and its customers at the center of its business model. SB 350, by Sen. Jerry Hill, provides California with a failsafe if PG&E does not exit bankruptcy, or if the utility falls short of achieving the reforms in practices and operations that have been required by law.

June 29, 2020

Sacramento Bee: SB 793 would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in California, protecting our children from Juul’s greedy clutches. It’s the latest effort by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to end epidemic youth nicotine addiction. The state Senate approved the bill 33-4. Now it heads to the Assembly, where Cooley — chair of the Rules Committee — boosted its chances on Sunday afternoon. SB 793 will now go to the Assembly Health Committee chaired by Jim Wood, an opponent of Big Tobacco. That’s great news for California’s kids.

June 25, 2020 A coalition of health, youth, and community advocates united to protect kids from the dangers of tobacco use applauded passage by the California State Senate of SB 793, landmark legislation authored by State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) to end the sale of all candy-flavored tobacco products across the state, including the original candy flavor: sweet minty menthol cigarettes.

June 18, 2020

The Nooner: The nearly three-hour Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement hearing was at times gripping ...If you listen to any part of it, I suggest the closing comments by chair Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.

June 17, 2020

Los Angeles Times: PG&E agreed to a sweeping restructuring that will prioritize safety and accountability, along with an unprecedented level of government oversight and regulation…Here’s the key to making the deal stick: If PG&E fails to follow through or sets more fires, it could have its operating license revoked by state regulators and be forced, under the terms of the deal, to sell its operations to the state or a nonprofit entity. Both houses of the state Legislature have supported a bill by Sen. Jerry Hill that would establish a nonprofit public benefit corporation called Golden State Energy that would be ready to buy PG&E assets.

June 17, 2020

Los Angeles Times: Pacific Gas & Electric Chief Executive Bill Johnson promised his company would emerge from bankruptcy a “reimagined utility.” (S)tate Sen. Jerry Hill is preparing for the possibility PG&E will fail once again. Under Hill’s Senate Bill 350, which is advancing through the Legislature, PG&E would become a nonprofit public benefit corporation known as Golden State Energy if the company’s operating license is revoked by the Public Utilities Commission. To Hill — who has been one of the company’s leading critics since the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in his district — the legislation “provides our state with a fail-safe in case the new PG&E falls short of expectations,” he told lawmakers this month.

June 12, 2020

Mercury News: Senate Bill 350 would allow the state to replace PG&E if it fails to meet safety standards. The California Public Utilities Commission would be empowered to revoke PG&E’s license to operate.  A receiver would then work with the PUC to determine who would provide power to the 16 million customers PG&E serves in Northern and Central California.

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.”