In the News

July 24, 2018

Sacramento Bee: “Judges already have a good framework — it’s called the constitution,” said Sen. Jerry Hill, a San Mateo Democrat and fierce opponent of PG&E. “The only reason we’re having this conference committee is because PG&E wants to change the laws they keep breaking. The system is working today.”

July 24, 2018

Mercury News: “Utilities don’t like the courts to make them pay for fires that they start, so the utilities are trying to change the rules,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a frequent critic of PG&E’s blunders such as the shoddy maintenance and flawed record keeping that were key causes of a fatal explosion in San Bruno. “PG&E just wants to change the laws that they keep breaking.”

July 24, 2018

The Today Show: Brooke Adams is a 5-year-old girl with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy for which she takes CBD oil, a derivative of the marijuana plant. Brooke is now entering kindergarten and her parents say she’d need to access her cannabis while in school – but state law in California, where the Adamses live, prohibits marijuana in public schools.

July 23, 2018

Daily Journal: For state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, addressing threats to resident safety and availability of housing were a focus this year. In response to the challenges veterans across the state faces in securing housing, Hill crafted Senate Bill 1427, which would prevent veterans from being turned away by landlords on the basis of whether they receive a rental assistance voucher.

July 21, 2018

Daily Journal: Failure at the ballot box would invite more uncertainty, as officials acknowledge the mounting pressure placed on Brisbane to help build an adequate amount of housing to accommodate the regional imbalance of available jobs. To date, the largest squeeze on Brisbane was posed last year by draft legislation from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, aiming to push forward housing at the site. The bill was not formally introduced due to local officials’ willingness to consider the development proposal during a series of public hearings, which culminated at the most recent meeting

July 17, 2018

Mercury News: “This is shameful behavior by PG&E, to be pushing this bill,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill. The fresh push by PG&E in Sacramento to ward off financial burdens arising from the North Bay wildfires didn’t shock Hill. “Bankruptcy is being used as a bogeyman so PG&E can force the Legislature to bow down and do what the company wants,” Sen. Hill said.

July 17, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said his office has received 25 complaints about the DMV since April — five times the number it typically gets in an entire year. “It’s an embarrassment for all of us, that our constituents are going through this. Waiting in line eight hours is outrageous and unacceptable,” he said.

July 17, 2018

San Mateo Daily Journal: Should voters deny the development proposal officials believe it is likely that state lawmakers will pass legislation deferring to the developer’s vision for the site in an attempt to help solve the Bay Area’s housing crisis. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D- San Mateo, crafted draft legislation previously working toward such an end and some believe he would introduce it again if voters blocked the housing

July 15, 2018

CBS 5/KPIX: “You can buy the land around the beach, but you can’t deny access to the beach. You can’t block the road; you can’t close it off,” explained State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). ”You have to allow the public to enjoy the beach, to make it to the beach, to be able to recreate on the beach.”

July 13, 2018

CALMatters/WHATMatters: Attorneys for the Legislature are casting doubt on lawmakers’ authority to relieve utilities of their liability for future wildfires caused by power lines.The legislators’ lawyers said courts are the final arbiter of the Constitution and legislators cannot pass a mere statute that conflicts with a judicial interpretation of the Constitution. Sen. Jerry Hill asked for the opinion to determine whether lawmakers could alter inverse condemnation law.