Press Releases

May 13, 2020

News Release: Senate Bill 793, the legislation introduced by Senator Jerry Hill to prohibit retail sales of flavored tobacco products, advanced today when the Senate Health Committee voted 8-1 in favor of the bill, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further review. (Read more, see the video...)

May 12, 2020

The Senate Health Committee holds a key hearing on SB 793, the bill to prohibit store sales of flavored tobacco products in an effort to halt the alarming rise in nicotine consumption by youth.

February 25, 2020

State Senator Jerry Hill will introduce legislation to help clear logjams in the state’s process for handling claims from workers for unpaid wages. “Workers deserve to receive the wages they’ve earned, and it’s disgraceful when they are denied their rightful pay,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “California should not be compounding the challenges faced by wage theft victims with a claims process that takes an average of 400 days to produce a result. That’s more than three times the 120-day turnaround the state expects.”

February 24, 2020

State Senator Jerry Hill has introduced legislation to remove a legal obstacle that hinders efforts to hold members of the California military accountable in cases of alleged sexual assault, sexual harassment and reprisals against whistleblowers.

February 20, 2020

State Senator Jerry Hill has introduced legislation to bar electric and gas companies from taking a state tax deduction for any expense resulting from a decision by state regulators to penalize a utility for safety violations.

February 05, 2020

Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation today to require retailers in California to accept cash payments for goods and services purchased in person, lifting a barrier for would-be customers who cannot participate in cashless transactions. Senate Bill 926 does not prohibit cashless transactions, but retailers that now rely on them exclusively would also have to accept dollars and cents as payment if the legislation becomes law.

January 21, 2020

State Senator Jerry Hill has introduced legislation to help prevent excavators from striking underground natural gas pipelines, telecommunications cabling, electrical lines, water mains and other underground infrastructure. SB 865 is aimed at preventing dangerous "dig ins" with more training, increased communication.

January 10, 2020

“Our governor’s proposed budget continues his work to make smart, targeted investments in our future, especially for education and early childhood development...(it) underscores key priorities, such as ensuring that Californians have access to safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy – and his commitment to take the necessary steps with the Legislature, if PG&E is unable to deliver on those expectations as it emerges from bankruptcy. In addition, Governor Newsom is moving to take strong steps to address health and health care on a number of fronts, from his work to address health care costs to his support for a ban on flavored nicotine products, for which I’m deeply grateful. The governor is focused on strengthening California and improving the quality of life for Californians, and his budget shows that.”

January 06, 2020

Amid mounting concerns for the health and safety of young people, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, 30 state lawmakers, and a strong coalition of health, youth and community advocates are backing a tough new bill [to be] introduced today to ban sales of any flavored tobacco product in California stores. Flavored tobacco products are the gateway to nicotine addiction,” said Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, who authored SB 793 with 29 senators and assemblymembers. “The tastes and aromas of candy, fruit and other popular flavors insidiously entice children, teens and others into unhealthy and potentially life-threatening habits. That’s why SB 793 is aimed at getting this death bait off store shelves: No flavored tobacco products, no exceptions, regardless of the device, the delivery system, or the product.

January 03, 2020

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, encourages Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to submit their bill ideas to his 12th Annual “Oughta Be a Law...Or Not” Contest. The deadline for contest entries is January 17, 2020.