Press Releases

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.

July 08, 2019

The utilities, state agencies and law enforcement units that together are tackling connectivity challenges in San Mateo County’s coastal communities say they have taken important strides forward – to the delight of state and local leaders who had urged formation of the work group. In a follow-up to a community forum on coastal connectivity held this spring, representatives of AT&T, Comcast, PG&E, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department summarized their progress in a recent meeting with state Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymembers Marc Berman and Kevin Mullin, county Supervisor Don Horsley, Half Moon Bay Deputy City Manager Matthew Chidester and Pacifica Assistant City Manager Lorenzo Hines Jr.

July 03, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill issued a statement today to set the record straight about his legislation to combat the epidemic use of flavored tobacco products by young people.

June 07, 2019

Senior Coastsiders, based in Half Moon Bay, was celebrated in the Capitol as the Nonprofit of the Year in California’s 13th Senate District.

May 23, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill today withdrew his bill to combat the epidemic use of flavored tobacco products by youth, following hostile amendments that carved out exceptions for tobacco used in hookahs and for tobacco products patented before 2000.

May 14, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, holds a hearing to examine the role and effectiveness of the Office of Safety Advocates within the California Public Utilities Commission, and to determine whether the CPUC should continue to manage utility safety or if broader reforms are necessary.

April 24, 2019

Prompted by a string of utility disruptions, Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin and Marc Berman hold a forum on “Keeping the Coastside Connected” and have invited utility representatives and first responders to discuss best practices and lessons learned.

April 07, 2019

Three USC grads – a prosecutor, a lawyer and a health administration professional – join Senator Jerry Hill in a news conference on Monday to urge lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 425, which requires hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities to report allegations of sexual misconduct against patients by doctors and other medical professionals to state regulators within 15 days.

April 02, 2019

The parents of a 15-month-old boy who was killed by a drunk driver and the parents of a Naval Academy midshipman who died when a drunk motorist plowed into the family’s car join other DUI crash survivors, MADD, national road safety advocates, Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, and Assemblymember Autumn Burke, D-Marina del Rey, at a news conference Wednesday on 2019 legislation that adds more muscle to California’s drunk driving laws.