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May 19, 2017

Hours after Trump signed the order, California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) announced plans to introduce legislation to protect state waters from expanded drilling. 

Jackson told reporters said she plans to amend Senate Bill 188 next week to prohibit the State Lands Commission from allowing any new leases in state waters for construction of pipelines or other infrastructure related to petroleum development. If approved, the legislation would protect waters three miles off the California coast. Beyond that, the water is federal jurisdiction.

May 19, 2017

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the commission’s chairman, called it a “landmark in the evolution of California’s energy portfolio.” State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, said it “marks the end of an era of offshore oil production in this location, and we will never again go back.”

VC Star: Editorial: Coast wis a battle, but war is coming?


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

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.

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 

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.

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.

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


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.”

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.