Press Releases

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.

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.