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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. 

May 07, 2020

CalMatters: California faces an unprecedented $54 billion deficit. Finance officials announce the unemployment rate could reach 18%, worse than the Great Recession. Schools, health care and safety-net programs face devastating cuts as state and local officials seek additional federal stimulus. “I want to keep education as whole as possible,” Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo. Referring to deep cuts made during the last recession, he added, “we cannot abandon another generation of children.”

May 07, 2020

CalMatters: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order today that presumes workers who contracted COVID-19 were infected on the job and therefore entitled to workers' compensation.

May 05, 2020

Sacramento Bee: In early April, the attorney general of Massachusetts partnered with healthcare professionals to release a health advisory warning to residents. It said that smoking and vaping could put them in the high-risk category for needing “hospitalization and advanced life support to survive” COVID-19. Californians deserve the same warning from their public health officials.As a first step, leading health organizations, along with state Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), sent a letter last month to California public health officials urging them to monitor tobacco use among the victims of COVID-19. Tracking this data could empower Californians to make healthy and potentially life-saving choices for themselves and their families.

May 04, 2020

California Healthline: California lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to begin what they describe as necessary but painful negotiations to keep the state running and redirect dwindling funds to the costly coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Jerry Hill wants to ban retail sales of flavored tobacco products, which are popular with young people. He hopes his bill will resonate with his colleagues, noting the World Health Organization has linked smoking to COVID-19. “They’ve sounded the alarm that persons, if they use tobacco, if they smoke, if they vape, they’re at risk of suffering the worst and most deadly symptoms of COVID-19,” Hill said. “To me, that’s significantly important in moving this legislation forward.”