Press Releases

September 19, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 1448, the Patient’s Right to Know Act, which makes California the first state to require doctors who are placed on probation for serious misconduct involving patient harm to notify their clients.

September 18, 2018

Starting January 1, contractors who pay a million dollars or more to settle construction defect lawsuits involving apartment balconies and other load-bearing structural elements must report those deals to the Contractors State License Board, under legislation signed today by Governor  Brown. His approval of Senate Bill 1465 came just one day after he signed SB 721, which sets requirements for periodic inspections of balconies, decks, outdoor stairs, walkways and other load-bearing, elevated exterior elements at apartment buildings and complexes.

September 17, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today setting requirements for periodic inspections of balconies and other elevated exterior elements at apartment buildings and complexes.

September 10, 2018

Starting in January, it will be illegal to fly a drone over or at a state prison under legislation by Senator Jerry Hill that Governor Brown signed today. Violating the new law, which also will apply to jails and juvenile facilities, will be an infraction punishable by a $500 fine.

August 31, 2018

California would become the first state to require doctors to notify patients if placed on probation for serious professional misconduct involving harm to patients under a bill passed by the Legislature Friday and now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Senate Bill 1448, the Patient’s Right to Know Act, is one of 23 bills by state Senator Jerry Hill that await the governor’s consideration. Most of the senator’s bills cleared the Legislature in the final days of the 2018 session, which concluded late Friday. Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign or veto bills.

August 31, 2018

“I am indebted to all the brave survivors who have testified about their traumatic and deeply personal experiences,” said Senator Hill. “Grandmothers, former students, star athletes, a prosecutor and other professionals who endured the depredations of predators shared their stories with lawmakers to prevent other patients from suffering abuse. Again and again, they asked us to lift the veil of secrecy that has protected bad actors.”

August 28, 2018

Bills by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, to tighten accountability for fire safety inspections, to better protect minors from forced underage marriage, and to prevent ratepayers from shouldering costs resulting from utilities’ negligence advanced today in the Legislature.

August 27, 2018

The state Assembly passed Senator Jerry Hill’s SB 1127 today, sending the bill to Governor Brown for his review and making California a candidate to join seven other states that allow students who rely on medical cannabis to receive their doses at school under strict conditions.

August 22, 2018

Legislation by state Senator Jerry Hill setting standards for inspections of apartment building balconies and to prevent landlords from discriminating against veterans and current members of the U.S. military are on their way to the governor for review. The state Senate passed Senator Hill’s Senate Bill 721, part of the legislative response to the Berkeley balcony tragedy, and his anti-discrimination legislation, SB 1427, on Tuesday.

August 17, 2018

In all, 20 bills by Senator Jerry Hill to increase patient and public safety, improve access to affordable housing and expand opportunities for four year college degrees cleared a key legislative committee and now await Assembly votes.