Press Releases

May 08, 2017

Advocates for strict legal safeguards to prevent abuse of children and teens in underage or forced marriages will testify in support of Senator Jerry Hill’s Senate Bill 273 in a hearing conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

April 20, 2017

The California State Senate unanimously approved Senator Jerry Hill’s bill requiring that passengers buckle up when riding in buses that are equipped with safety belts. Senate Bill 20 would also apply to bus drivers.

April 20, 2017

On a 9-0 vote, the Senate Committee on Health passed legislation by Senator Jerry Hill that would make California the first state in the country to monitor and track antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths.

April 07, 2017

Prompted by consumers’ pleas for help when confronted with soaring utility bills, Senator Jerry Hill announced today that he has introduced legislation to help curb the wild fluctuations in energy bills during winter months and to require investor-owned utilities to provide information that will help customers anticipate the amount of their next bill so they can act in time to reduce costs.

April 04, 2017

Senate Bill 65, introduced by Senator Jerry Hill and co-authored by Assemblymember Evan Low, will be heard by the Senate Public Transportation and Housing Committee. The bill closes a loophole in the law, which now permits recreational use of marijuana but does not make smoking or consuming it while driving illegal.

March 28, 2017

The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted unanimously in favor of Senator Jerry Hill’s bill requiring the passengers buckle up when riding in buses that are equipped with safety belts. Senate Bill 20 also applies to bus drivers. 

March 16, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill will introduce legislation to close a loophole in state law that allows even young children to wed because there is no minimum age requirement for marriage. His bill would prohibit individuals younger than 18 from marrying.

March 10, 2017

The DMV’s proposed regulations for driverless vehicles send a strong signal that California is serious about encouraging the development, testing and deployment of safe autonomous vehicles,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “The completion of the regulations is important so our state can maintain its leading edge in this competitive field. I will continue to work with Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, the DMV and other key stakeholders to ensure that California remains a leader in autonomous vehicle technology.”

March 01, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill is calling on the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California Public Utilities Commission to fix the utility company’s rate structure, which heightens the increase that many customers see in their bills during the coldest winter months. Hill also is recommending that PG&E and the CPUC review the effectiveness of efforts to help customers understand when their usage climbs, so they can adapt before their billing cycle ends.

February 26, 2017

Patient notification and more than a dozen other issues related to the state Medical Board’s operations are up for consideration Monday as the Legislature’s committees on business and professions hold a hearing to review the board that licenses and regulates California’s more than 137,000 doctors.