Press Releases

August 30, 2019

The Senate today passed Jojo’s Act, the bill by Senator Jerry Hill that would help students living with severe disabilities who rely on medicinal cannabis and need to take their medication during the school day. Senate Bill 223 now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration. “Jojo’s Act would lift barriers for students with severe medical disabilities – for whom medicinal cannabis is the only medication that works – so they can take their dose at school and then get on with their studies, without being removed from campus and without disrupting their educational experience or that of their classmates,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Counties. “I thank my colleagues in the Senate and in the Assembly, where Assemblymember Christy Smith championed SB 223, for their support of Jojo’s Act.”

August 12, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, will hold a hearing Wednesday on electric utility de-energization, better known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The hearing, entitled “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Preparing for Electric Utility De-Energization,” will examine what utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission are doing to ensure that de-energization is used wisely as a strategy to prevent wildfires. Questions that will be raised include: What are utilities, state agencies and local governments doing to heighten public safety when de-energization occurs? What are communities doing to prepare for shutoffs? How do we ensure that de-energization is pursued as a temporary strategy, rather than a standard operating procedure?

July 09, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill has decided to place on hold his legislation that requires clergy of all faiths to report knowledge of child abuse or neglect, even if such information is learned during penitential communications with other clergy members and coworkers.

July 08, 2019

The utilities, state agencies and law enforcement units that together are tackling connectivity challenges in San Mateo County’s coastal communities say they have taken important strides forward – to the delight of state and local leaders who had urged formation of the work group. In a follow-up to a community forum on coastal connectivity held this spring, representatives of AT&T, Comcast, PG&E, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department summarized their progress in a recent meeting with state Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymembers Marc Berman and Kevin Mullin, county Supervisor Don Horsley, Half Moon Bay Deputy City Manager Matthew Chidester and Pacifica Assistant City Manager Lorenzo Hines Jr.

July 03, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill issued a statement today to set the record straight about his legislation to combat the epidemic use of flavored tobacco products by young people.

June 07, 2019

Senior Coastsiders, based in Half Moon Bay, was celebrated in the Capitol as the Nonprofit of the Year in California’s 13th Senate District.

May 23, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill today withdrew his bill to combat the epidemic use of flavored tobacco products by youth, following hostile amendments that carved out exceptions for tobacco used in hookahs and for tobacco products patented before 2000.

May 14, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, holds a hearing to examine the role and effectiveness of the Office of Safety Advocates within the California Public Utilities Commission, and to determine whether the CPUC should continue to manage utility safety or if broader reforms are necessary.

April 24, 2019

Prompted by a string of utility disruptions, Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin and Marc Berman hold a forum on “Keeping the Coastside Connected” and have invited utility representatives and first responders to discuss best practices and lessons learned.