Press Releases

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Smoking or consuming marijuana in any form while driving or riding in vehicles will be specifically prohibited by law in California come January 1 under a bill by Senator Jerry Hill that Governor Brown signed Monday.

September 11, 2017

The state Senate approved bills today by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, to aid the effort to restore public access at Martins Beach and provide a stable funding option for Caltrain, sending the legislation to Governor Brown for his review. Meanwhile, the Assembly passed a bill to ease the cap that limits how much schools districts can hold in their reserve funds as savings. 

September 11, 2017

San Mateo County would be permitted to take advantage of a process that allows public entities to use a method that ensures best value in construction project contracts in order to expedite the county’s five-year, $500-million capital improvement plan, under Senate Bill 793 by Senator Jerry Hill.

September 07, 2017

The Assembly approved legislation today by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, that provides the State Lands Commission with a tool allowing it to acquire public access to Martins Beach, the scenic shoreline south of Half Moon Bay that was closed to the public almost a decade ago when a Silicon Valley billionaire decided to shut a gate to the popular beach.

September 05, 2017

The Senate passed legislation today by state Senator Jerry Hill to ramp up security measures at California gun stores and make them less vulnerable to break-ins by thieves who use vehicles to batter their way into shops that sell firearms. The bill was inspired by Anthony Lazarus of Redwood City, this year’s winner of Senator Hill’s “Oughta Be a Law…Or Not” contest, who urged the senator to come up with legislation to thwart gun store burglars who use cars as battering rams.

July 08, 2017

The Assembly Business and Professions Committee casts do-or-die votes on two consumer protection bills by state Senator Jerry Hill that would ensure that patients are notified by their doctor if the physician has been placed on probation for serious professional misconduct, and ensure that state regulators are notified if registered nurses are terminated for – or resign because of – offenses that endangered or harmed patients.

June 29, 2017

“Arnold Lee was a great believer in community empowerment, the importance of education, giving back, and paying it forward,” said Senator Hill. “His many career and volunteer efforts, often in leadership roles, attest to his strong commitment to honoring his heritage as well as the values that resonate in the country of his birth and in the country in which he made his home. He instilled that great love of community service in others. Arnold Lee also was a family man and was deeply proud of children, his grandchildren, and the 55 years he shared with his wife, Mimi.”

June 20, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill, joined by Senators Jim Beall, Bob Wieckowski and Scott Wiener and Assemblymembers David Chiu, Ash Kalra, Kevin Mullin, Mark Stone and Phil Ting, introduced legislation today that lays the groundwork for Caltrain to fund itself and meet the growing demands for public transportation along the West Bay’s prime transit corridor

May 22, 2017

"Electrification of Caltrain will help ease congestion along the Peninsula, one of the Bay Area’s busiest traffic corridors,” said Senator Hill. “We’re grateful for Secretary Chao’s decision and for the work of our Congressional representatives and our governor to secure funding approval for this critical project."

May 10, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill announced today that he will introduce legislation to help the DMV curb abuses of the state’s program for disabled placards and license plates, which allows motorists to use parking spots reserved for disabled drivers and permits them to park in time-limited slots indefinitely. Holders of disabled placards and license plates can also park in metered spots without paying.