Press Releases

November 07, 2019

Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee, will hold an informational hearing on the impacts of legalized cannabis for adults on employment and the workplace. Stakeholders from the cannabis industry, labor and the employer community have been invited to participate. Issues to be explored include whether passage of Proposition 64 on 2016 has affected worker drug testing practices and requirements; the consideration of medicinal cannabis, which California legalized in 1996, as a means of treating injured workers; and possible stakeholder partnerships that could advance creation of high-wage jobs in worker-friendly environments as well as regulatory compliance in the nascent industry.

November 06, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, and Senator Steven Glazer, as chair of the Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, will hold a hearing in the Capitol on Friday on progress made by the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board, better known as the Dig Safe Board, as it approaches its third year in operation.

October 14, 2019

Starting January 1, hospitals, clinics and other health facilities must report allegations of patient sexual abuse and other sexual misconduct by medical professionals to the appropriate state licensing authorities within 15 days of receiving a written complaint from the patient, under legislation signed by Governor Newsom. “The signing of Senate Bill 425 closes the reporting gaps that can keep regulators in the dark for years while shielding bad actors,” said Senator Jerry Hill, who authored the legislation. “My thanks go to the women who survived this abuse and came to the Capitol to testify about their traumatic experiences so that no one else would have to suffer as they did.”

October 10, 2019

The bill is a boon for parents of severely disabled students who rely on medicinal cannabis to attend school. SB 223 enables parents to administer their child’s dose on K-12 campuses under strict rules and conditions as long as their school district allows it. The governor also several other bills by Senator Hill in recent days.

October 02, 2019

"Governor Newsom recognizes that safety is a fundamental requirement for the utilities that serve California, as his signing of 22 bills that build on his Strike Force report shows," Senator Hill said. "I am grateful for the Governor’s and the Legislature’s support of my SB 550. Safety must be integral to any merger, acquisition or change of control involving major electric or gas companies; and in sales of public utility assets, the impacts to ratepayers and the workforce must be considered as well. SB 550 ensures that these essential factors are not sidelined in transactions involving California’s public utilities.”

September 25, 2019

“JUUL had the opportunity to take ownership of the tobacco use epidemic they fueled among youth," Senator Hill said. "Instead, they solidified their alliance with Big Tobacco ..."

August 30, 2019

The Senate today passed Jojo’s Act, the bill by Senator Jerry Hill that would help students living with severe disabilities who rely on medicinal cannabis and need to take their medication during the school day. Senate Bill 223 now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration. “Jojo’s Act would lift barriers for students with severe medical disabilities – for whom medicinal cannabis is the only medication that works – so they can take their dose at school and then get on with their studies, without being removed from campus and without disrupting their educational experience or that of their classmates,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Counties. “I thank my colleagues in the Senate and in the Assembly, where Assemblymember Christy Smith championed SB 223, for their support of Jojo’s Act.”

August 12, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, will hold a hearing Wednesday on electric utility de-energization, better known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The hearing, entitled “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Preparing for Electric Utility De-Energization,” will examine what utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission are doing to ensure that de-energization is used wisely as a strategy to prevent wildfires. Questions that will be raised include: What are utilities, state agencies and local governments doing to heighten public safety when de-energization occurs? What are communities doing to prepare for shutoffs? How do we ensure that de-energization is pursued as a temporary strategy, rather than a standard operating procedure?

July 09, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill has decided to place on hold his legislation that requires clergy of all faiths to report knowledge of child abuse or neglect, even if such information is learned during penitential communications with other clergy members and coworkers.