Press Releases

December 04, 2018

State Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation today to ensure that California’s tax break on inherited residential property benefits only individuals who live in the home left to them by parents or grandparents. Joining him in introducing SCA 3 were Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, as principal coauthor and Assemblymembers Laura Friedman, D-GlendaleMike A. Gipson, D-Carson, and Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, as coauthors.

December 03, 2018

Led by Senator Jerry Hill, nearly 20 state lawmakers introduced a bill today to prohibit sales of flavored tobacco products – including flavored electronic cigarettes and menthol cigarettes – in retail stores and vending machines to halt an upswing in nicotine consumption by youths. Joined by more than a dozen legislators, Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, also introduced a bill to impose stricter age verification requirements for tobacco products of all kinds that are sold online or by mail, phone or fax. Senate Bills 38 and 39, are prompted by new federal figures showing a sharp rise in e-cigarette use by youths, a jump in use of the flavored e-cigarettes by high school students, and an increase in underage use of tobacco products overall.

October 01, 2018

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, members of the Surfrider Foundation and their attorneys hold a news conference on a key victory in the fight to restore public access to Martins Beach: The U.S. Supreme Court this morning declined to hear the case of the Silicon Valley billionaire who wants to keep Martins Beach to himself.

September 30, 2018

Governor Brown signed legislation Sunday night by state Senator Jerry Hill to require that an automated external defibrillator – the emergency device better known as an AED – is installed in high-occupancy structures that undergo significant modifications, renovations or tenant improvements. The governor also signed Senator Hill’s legislation to extend and expand a pilot program that enables young adults under 21 who are convicted of nonviolent, low-level felonies to serve their time in juvenile detention facilities with age-appropriate services, instead of confining them in jails for adults.

September 29, 2018

“It is vital that we lift the barriers for students with serious medical conditions who rely on medical cannabis to attend school,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “Making it easier for these children and teens to get the medicine they need without disrupting their school day remains important to me."

September 27, 2018

Fire departments will be required to report annually to their local governing authority on compliance with the state mandate for yearly safety inspections at schools, apartments, hotels, motels and lodging houses under legislation by Senator Jerry Hill that Governor Brown signed.

September 26, 2018

In addition to SB 823 by Senator Hill, Governor Brown also signs SB 1474 to give the CPUC more muscle to impound unlicensed limos and other charter-party vehicles.


September 22, 2018

Governor Brown signed bills by Senator Jerry Hill Saturday to increase wheelchair users’ access to transportation network company services and to help ease the property tax burden for nonprofits that privately fund and provide affordable housing. “Senate Bill 1376, the TNC Access for All Act, ensures that Californians with disabilities have access to transportation network company services,” said Senator Jerry Hill. “SB 1115 aids nonprofits and religious organizations that are working to address our housing crisis by privately funding and providing affordable housing,”

September 21, 2018

Governor Brown signed legislation today by Senator Jerry Hill to protect minors from being forced into marriage or a domestic partnership – especially those that may result from physical force or abuse, or could place a minor at risk for abuse.

September 20, 2018

Governor Brown signed legislation by state Senator Jerry Hill today to extend a pilot program allowing students to earn baccalaureate degrees at 15 California community colleges.