Press Releases

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.

August 07, 2018

Three bills by state Senator Jerry Hill to improve patient and public safety face key hearings Wednesday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which will determine whether the legislation advances for floor votes.

June 27, 2018

State Senator Jerry Hill, Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Marc Berman, and San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Friday to hail the state’s allocation of long-sought funding for creation of a county park at Tunitas Creek Beach and to help establish a public right-of-way to Martins Beach. The state budget signed by Governor Brown on Wednesday sets aside the funds for the two coastal treasures.

June 15, 2018

Star athletes team with State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Evan Low on Tuesday to urge support for Senate Bill 1448, the Patient’s Right Know Act, which would require doctors placed on probation for sexual misconduct and other serious professional misconduct to notify patients. Assemblymember Low, D-Silicon Valley, has joined Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as principal coauthor of the bill that would require doctors to notify patients of their status if placed on probation for sexual abuse or misconduct involving patients; drug or alcohol abuse that results in harm to patients or impairs the ability to practice safely; a criminal conviction involving harm to a patient’s safety or health; or inappropriate prescribing that resulted in harm to patients and a probationary period of five years or more.

June 15, 2018

State Senator Jerry Hill holds a hearing in the Capitol Monday to examine sexual misconduct reporting in the medical profession and what happens when health care facilities receive complaints of sexual misconduct and other allegations of serious professional wrongdoing by doctors.