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Sacramento Bee: Mark Equal Pay Day with this overdue fix

April 04, 2017

Jackson’s current bill, Senate Bill 63, would lower the threshold for job protected family leave to businesses with 20 or more employees – a size so feasible that even the Small Business Majority, which represents some 3.6 million small businesses in the state, supports it.

Sacramento Bee: Mark Equal Pay Day with this overdue fix

Santa Maria Times: Barrett's senior housing in Santa Ynez inspires state legislation

April 03, 2017

Rona Barrett’s effort to build the Golden Inn & Village housing project for low-income seniors in Santa Ynez inspired Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, to introduced a bill that would encourage the construction of similar affordable senior housing projects statewide.

The Golden Inn & Village opened its doors last year.

“When I saw the inspiring work done by Rona Barrett through the building of the Golden Inn & Village, the first thought I had was, why not replicate this important work statewide?” Jackson said.

LA Times: Lawmakers Urge Regulators to Delay Plans for Oxnard Power Plant

February 10, 2017

“We should not rush the Puente Power Project until the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission can adequately justify the need for this plant ... and address the serious environmental and environmental justice concerns raised by the community,” Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) wrote to the commission Tuesday.

LA Times: Lawmakers Urge Regulators to Delay Plans for Oxnard Power Plant 

VC Reporter: Locals share common ground, prepare for what's to come

January 27, 2017

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson: I was absolutely astounded by the truly historic turnout, as well as the peaceful and joyful tone of the march. I could not have imagined that 750,000 people would turn out on the streets of Los Angeles, and that we would see equally astounding turnouts at marches happening locally, around the state, the country and the world.

KCLU: Governor Signs Bill By Santa Barbara State Senator To Help Disabled Veterans With Education Jobs

October 03, 2016

The governor signed into law legislation authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara to help disabled veterans who get jobs in California’s public schools.

SB 1180 gives disabled veterans who are new school employees extra sick days during their first year on the job so they don’t lose their positions because they are getting needed medical care. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says her bill is a way of repaying those who served their country, and are now serving our students.

Ventura County Star: Autopsy bill Signed After Ventura County Woes

October 03, 2016

A bill that says only licensed physicians may conduct autopsies was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The legislation was prompted in part by the disclosure that an assistant without a medical license had performed postmortem exams in Ventura County while the chief medical examiner was vacationing in Florida and abroad.

Ventura County Star: Autopsy bill Signed After Ventura County Woes


KCRW: The quest to cap orphaned oil wells off California's coast

September 08, 2016

By 1940, oil production along Summerland Beach lost economic viability, and the companies left. According to Santa Barbara State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, that’s when the problems began.

“[The wells] are supposed to be properly capped so there’s no leakage, but what we’ve discovered is that a lot of these wells were abandoned by companies that are now out of business.”

Ventura County Star editorial: Parental Leave Law Makes Good Sense

September 08, 2016

In the end, however, Jackson and her cohorts compromised and came up with what we think is a fair, balanced approach to helping new parents spend more time with their children while not killing small business. SB 654 has cleared the Senate and Assembly and is now awaiting Jerry Brown’s signature, and we encourage our governor to sign it.

Santa Barbara Independent op-ed: Refugio Spill Underscores Need to Reduce Dependence on Oil

May 20, 2016

By Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

The California coast has had a long and challenging relationship with oil, and last year’s Refugio Oil Spill added another anxious chapter to that history.

For more than 100 years, oil development has brought economic gains but has also threatened to exact an unacceptable ransom in return — threatening our pristine coastline, tourism-driven economy, marine sanctuaries and fisheries, and the very quality of life that sustains our communities.


LA Times: Senator Calls for a Ban on Private Meetings with Coastal Commissioners

May 03, 2016

"This bill will level the playing field between big-moneyed interests and those without such financial resources," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson. "It will remove the possibility of backroom decision-making or the perception that it's occurring and will help ensure that decisions are made more openly and transparently."