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June 29, 2017

Almost everyone wants to be noticed in some way or the other. As far as our species is concerned, we all highly value personal recognition.

Did you know in California you can obtain a Pro Life license plate for your car? On the other side of that controversial abortion issue is State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson from Santa Barbara. She has authored SB-309, a bill to make Pro Choice car license plates available too. If I were still a California Assemblyman I would vote “aye” on her proposal.

June 29, 2017

In the fields of health, economics and science, there are few opportunities for intervention and investment as impactful as the first months and years of life. Great medical research makes it clear the first months of life are critical to each child’s future as this is when the brain architecture is shaped, dictating how children will interact with the world for their entire life.

For these reasons, parental leave cannot be discussed as an optional job benefit for adults — it’s a biological and developmental game changer for newborn babies.

June 20, 2017

When Alfonso Garcia’s daughter was born, his employer, a small San Jose, California, area tow truck company, turned down his request for two weeks off, even though Garcia qualified for paid parental leave.

Garcia worked for a small company, one with fewer than 50 employees. If Garcia took time off, there was no guarantee under existing law he’d have a job when he returned.

“I felt stressed out,” Garcia, 27, told Rewire. “I was worried I’d lose my job, and then I wouldn’t be able to care for my family,” said Garcia, the breadwinner for his wife and newborn daughter.

June 09, 2017

Opinion by the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board:

We consumers must beware of the capabilities of the devices we buy. But few of us are technologically literate enough to understand nuances of all the internet-connected things. Tech firms must be as transparent as possible. Government must police those that chose to remain opaque.

June 09, 2017

"In Sacramento, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson is pushing Senate Bill 327, to add some protection for people who buy Internet-connected devices. Manufacturers would have to offer clear disclosure about what the things do, get permission before collecting consumer information, and have safeguards against data breaches.

May 31, 2017

"Jackson said her bill would impact only 6.3% of California companies, while helping 16% of its workforce, a population of 2.7 million residents across the state.

'With so many women in the workforce than ever before, and with so many struggling, two-income families, this is a critical moment in time,' she said."

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.