Press Releases

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.

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 ..."