Press Releases

August 04, 2020

Landmark legislation to end the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products including minty-sweet menthol, the original candy-flavored cigarettes, passed out of the Assembly Health Committee on a 10 to 2 vote Tuesday night.

August 03, 2020

Los Angeles religious leader the Reverend John E. Cager III and Dr. Phillip Gardiner, an expert on the health impacts of tobacco in the African American community, to testify in favor of SB 793 in Assembly Health Committee hearing Tuesday.

June 30, 2020

News Release: “California must have a backstop in place to protect ratepayers and our state if PG&E does not meet the strict requirements for emerging from bankruptcy and for becoming a safe, reliable and sustainable energy provider,” said Senator Hill. “My thanks go to Governor Newsom and to Senators Bill Dodd and Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Chris Holden, the coauthors of SB 350, for sharing the vision of a transformed PG&E."

June 25, 2020

News Release: “Using candy, fruit and other alluring flavors, the tobacco industry weaponized its tactics to beguile a new generation into nicotine addiction while keeping longtime users hooked. SB 793 breaks Big Tobacco’s death grip,” said Senator Hill. “The Senate’s vote today is a huge win for this landmark legislation."

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.