summer news

July 05, 2018

Summer News

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Dear Friend,

Summer has officially begun and as the temperatures rise, we have been working hard on legislation to help rebuild communities devastated by the 2017 fires and 1/9 debris flow, block a federal expansion of offshore oil drilling, stop sexual harassment, and more. In this summer update, you can read about the bills I authored this year as well as state budget highlights and other community news.

As always, it is a pleasure working for you. Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

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Senator Hannah Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District

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Legislative Update

While June was a whirlwind of policy committees and state budget hearings, I am proud to report that 24 of my 27 bills passed out of committee! The bills must pass the Legislature by August 31, 2018 in order to reach the Governor’s desk for signature before becoming law. Below is a snapshot of five highlighted bills. For my full legislative package, visit my website.

Bills to Watch

SB 917: Helping Montecito and Others Recover Mudslide Losses

Most residents are required to have property insurance, which covers fire damage, but few purchase optional flood insurance. Following the Montecito debris flow, many residents faced uncertainty whether their fire insurance policy covers losses resulting from the fire-induced mudslides. SB 917 clarifies that, under current law, an insurance policy covers loss or damage resulting from a landslide if that landslide was attributable to a condition already covered by the policy, such as wildfires.

SB 212: Safely Disposing Drugs & Medical Sharps

Did you know that one-third of prescription medicine is left unused? These unused drugs create enormous public health and environmental impacts. When left in the medicine cabinet, they can be confused by adults or misused by children, causing accidental poisonings or abuse, and they threaten our water supply when flushed down the toilet. Consumers need a safe, convenient, cost-effective and environmentally sound way to dispose of prescription medications and medical needles, known as sharps. SB 212 will establish a statewide drug and sharps take-back program funded by the pharmaceutical industry, not California taxpayers.  

SB 834: Blocking Offshore Oil Expansion

From the Santa Barbara Spill to Refugio, for decades, our community has experienced the devastating effects of oil leaks. So when the Trump Administration announced plans to dramatically expand oil drilling off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, I vowed to block any such expansion in our state. Senate Bill 834 will ensure that pipelines and other infrastructure needed to support new federal oil development cannot be built in California waters, effectively blocking expanded federal drilling efforts.

SB 1260: Reducing Our Risk of Catastrophic Wildfires

In 2017, California experienced the largest and most destructive wildfire season in its history. Unfortunately, last year’s fire season does not appear to be an anomaly. Changing climate patterns have made our state more vulnerable to wildfire with massive tree die-offs due to years of drought and widespread insect infestations, year-round fire conditions, and critical levels of brush accumulation. SB 1260 will help reduce our risk of wildfires by creating better forestry management practices and allowing for greater and more frequent controlled burns.

SB 1300: Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The #metoo movement raised awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, and the techniques used to silence victims. SB 1300 seeks to comprehensively address sexual harassment in the workplace by prohibiting legal tactics that prevent victims from speaking out about abuse and seeking justice; strengthening sexual harassment training requirements and holding employers accountable for their duty to prevent harassment; and providing guidance to the courts to ensure that the “severe or pervasive” legal standard is fairly applied to protect victims of work-related harassment.

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State Budget Delivers for the District

Recently, Governor Brown signed the 2018-2019 State Budget with investments in education, wildfire prevention and recovery, homelessness prevention, and transportation. The budget designated significant funding for our community to recover and rebuild from the Thomas Fire, as well as establishing the highest level of school funding in state history. In addition, the budget included $500 million for homelessness reduction programs throughout the state, as well as $9 million for emergency repairs to the Oxnard Water Treatment Plant and $3.9 million for restorations to the Ellwood Mesa Butterfly Grove. For more detailed information about the state budget, visit the Governor’s website.

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In the Community

Below are a few highlights from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Check out my Facebook page @SenHannahBeth for more timely updates.
 

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At the grand opening for the new morning commuter-timed train serving Santa Barbara and Ventura!

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Assemblymember Monique Limón and I honored first responders from Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties as our 2018 Women of the Year.


I joined representatives from Santa Barbara and Ventura as well as the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and others for an update on the Debris Removal efforts following the Thomas Fire.


Assemblymember Monique Limón and I hosted emergency preparedness fairs in Ventura and Santa Barbara County.


I was proud to recognize the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade as my 2018 Nonprofit of the Year. The Bucket Brigade was formed after the Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow when a group of volunteers came together to help dig their neighbors out of the mud and debris. Their work continues to this day!

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Thanks to the “gas tax,” our community was awarded significant funding for a Highway 101 expansion as well as improvements to our intercity and commuter rail system, and will continue to receive these funds unless it is repealed. These improvements will help reduce congestion, improve travel time, and address future demand.

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